March 25, 2016
We just don’t do that to small producers
I guess it’s time, now that the most impressive El Nino event is winding down, to see what impact it had on California. And in case you’ve forgotten, it’s the warming of the ocean at the equator off the coast of Peru and Ecuador that is strong enough to change ocean currents and weather patterns globally. This was the strongest El Nino recorded, with ocean temps at the peak back a few weeks ago of 3.4C above normal across a vast swath of the central Pacific. One thing we know for sure is that it amplified global warming during January and February.
When people discuss climate change, they have, for the last 25 years, said that if the global temperature goes up 2C, that is the tipping point at which bad stuff really starts to happen. Well, we hit that in February for the first time at 2.1C above normal, with El Nino’s help.