a massive pool of warm ocean water is causing changes in the atmosphere that could produce unusual weather around ihc world in the next few months. the us national weather service reported on monday.
as a result of this phenomenon. known as el nino, more rainfall than normal is likely this winter across some areas of the united states, with unusually warm or cold weather in other parts of the country.
currently the phenomenon is marked by a warm pool of water along the equator extending from the international date line nearly to the coast of south america. that water is nearly 4. degrees fahrenheit above normal. explained vernon kousky of the climate center.
this warm water "spreads almost a quarter of the way around the globe. so it's massive and it has an impact on our weather. it has a global influence... because it disturbs the atmosphere", said dave rodenhuis. director of the climate center.