What Does El Nino Mean for Southern California?
A strong El Nino weather event is headed for Southern California.
After a scorching summer of record heat, wildfires, and (tropical!) storms, scientists are warning of a very wet and warm winter thanks to El Nino.
This El Nino is in, what weather experts call, a “warm phase,” which will lead to higher temps and wet weather across the world.
“The anticipated strong El Niño is the predominant climate factor driving the U.S. winter outlook this year,” said Jon Gottschalck (via the L.A. Times), chief of the operational prediction branch at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.”
The latest wet weather event for Southern California comes on the heels of a very wet year. 2023 saw 31 atmospheric river storms, widespread (and deadly) flooding, and even record-setting
“It’s important to stress that even though we see these general patterns during El Niño and La Niña years, there is still a lot of variability and not every event is going to follow the general pattern,” Julie Kalansky, a climate scientist at the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said in a recent El Niño update.
And while wetter weather isn’t exactly a guarantee at this point, one thing is for certain, El Nino’s warmer temps mean the summer of 2024 is going to be a hot one.
“I would anticipate that 2024 is still going to be warmer than 2023, even given the ‘gobsmackingly bananas’ anomalies that we’ve had this summer,” Schmidt said. “What we would predict for next year, based just effectively on the long-term trend and the predicted level of ENSO going into next year, is that it will be warmer again — and by quite a lot.”
As we gear up for an unseasonably wet winter and an abnormally hotter summer, now is the perfect time to have your home foundation inspected.
Extreme changes in temps can lead to settling issues. When left unchecked and uncorrected, this type of foundation damage can result in total structural impairment and lead to a complete foundation replacement.
If you think your home may be in need of foundation replacement, foundation repair, or earthquake retrofitting contact Julian Construction today and we will send one of our foundation specialists out to conduct a free, thorough inspection with a quote for repair.
We have extensive experience serving our Los Angeles community and nearby regions. In fact, Julian Construction has inspected over 30,000 structures in the area! Give us a call at (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.