NO MAJOR EL NINO CYCLE ON THE WAY + UK/IRELAND SUMMER & WINTER 2015 UPDATE
Articles on the upcoming El Nino point towards December 2010 as a marker for when this last occurred - as within the following Daily Mail article below:
However, we experienced a strong La Nina event (cooling phase of the Pacific Ocean) throughout the second half of 2010, not an El Nino event (warming phase of the Pacific Ocean). We did however experience an El Nino event during the harsh winter of 2009/10, but this does not specifically mean that we are facing similar conditions throughout the upcoming winter of 2015/16, or that this is an attributing factor towards it. In Layman's terms no two of these events in the Pacific Ocean whether it be warming or cooling has the same impact on weather events across the UK and Ireland.
We also forecast the cold winter of 2009/10 on the basis of solar factors by stating the following on the 1st November 2009;
“I am also going to state that the Met Office is wrong about a mild winter for 2009/10, and what is all this about a 1 in 7 chance of it being cold?. “Forget that, it will be a cold winter for most of Europe and the UK”.
and again with the event we forecast from several months in advance for December 2010 (the coldest December in 100 years);
We also can't compare or rank these types of warming or cooling events in the Pacific to our weather patterns over a long time scale, as the information we have only takes us back over the last several decades. This doesn't leave us with enough comparative data to make a strong and confident assessment of how El Nino or La Nina events can impact our weather patterns in the long term for the UK and Ireland. It is also difficult to asses the strength of these events until the warming or cooling phase has concluded.
Similar stories developed about the arrival and strengthening of an El Nino event throughout last year (2014) from certain climate scientists which never materialised (as suggested in our early 2014 reports to subscribers via ExactaWeather.com).
A good hypothesis would be to consider the current period of solar activity that we currently reside in, and how solar variability can impact these cycles and other factors such as cloud cover. In terms of the current solar cycle and energetic eruptions that are earth directed, we happen to be in a period of extremely low solar activity that emits less solar radiation and favours more dominant cooler phases in the tropical Pacific.
Unfortunately, solar output is still considered as minuscule in terms of overall effect on our climate and weather patterns, and the sun-climate link is still refuted by many. It is also not correctly incorporated into model projections that currently suggest a development for a strong El Nino event later in the year. They therefore have a tendency to over-hype what is unlikely to be a strong El Nino event, just as they did throughout 2014. In reality, the solar radiation output is simply not there at present and it hasn't been there in recent years to create any major temperature amplifications of the Pacific.
However, there is a long-term relationship with a number of indices such as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) and the Arctic Oscillation (AO) with solar variability. In terms of the summer period for the UK and Ireland throughout 2015, we are more favourable to experience a rather cool and wet period with a large number of untimely summertime storms, and parts to the far south will benefit from any better weather at times. This will be due to a prolonged displacement southwards of the jet-stream and a trend towards negative territory for the NAO and AO indices, in particular, with the NAO - not any developing El Nino conditions. However, all is not lost as there will be some occasions when the jet-stream will flirt northwards throughout the upcoming summer period (June to August). This diversion of the jet-stream will allow some warmer weather to push in from the near Continent at times throughout this summer, in particular, throughout the August to September period, but in general it is likely to remain displaced to the south of the country.
All as indicated in our 200+ day ahead subscribers report for the 2015 summer + various media articles in advance of current indications from conventional forecasters/meteorologists.
The following Daily Express article from the 9th April 2015 also stated the following:
“Our long-range projections suggest a much colder and wetter than average summer throughout the period of June to August of this year based on low solar activity levels.”
In terms of the upcoming winter period - we could be facing some potentially rather cold and snowy periods at times (exact details available in subscribers reports of particular months), but this would be in part due to low solar activity, and not the development of any strong El Nino conditions that are currently being over-hyped from elsewhere (also further details in subscribers reports).
A dated version of this update has also been posted here to refer to at a later date.
UPDATE ADDED: Thursday 14th May 2015 (10:45am) - James Madden