What is El Nino?
Brian Kahn recently released this story:
For West Coasters sick of the ridiculously resilient ridge of high pressure and East Coasters tired of hearing about thepolar vortex, get ready for a new climate phenomenon to dominate headlines. El Niño could be making a return this fall after a 4-year hiatus, changing rainfall and temperature patterns across the world. It could even boost the odds of 2014 being the globe’s hottest year on record.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued an El Niño Watch on Thursday, indicating conditions are favorable for the climate phenomenon to develop in the next 6 months. “Neutral” conditions are likely through the summer, but by fall NOAA's joint forecast with the International Research Institute for Climate and Society puts the odds of an El Niño developing at more than 50 percent. It’s been nearly 48 months since the last El Niño formed.
An El Niño increases the likelihood of wet conditions in California and the Southwest, which could provide relief to areas suffering through severe drought. Warm conditions are also more likely in the Northeast. That’s welcome news for a region where teeth have been chattering all winter. The Eastern Seaboard could also see the major hurricane drought stretch for another year as El Niño tends to inhibit the formation of Atlantic Hurricanes. The last official major hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. was Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
Not all parts of the globe would welcome El Niño, though. An El Niño would increase the odds of dry weather in northeast Brazil. That region is suffering through its worst drought in 50 years. Peru’s anchovy industry also faces negative impacts as warmer waters off the coast kill off the food supply the fish rely on.
Global temperatures are also usually hotter in El Niño years. Four of five warmest years on record occurred during El Niños and all have come since 1998. That includes 2010, the globe’s hottest year on record. Layering El Niño on top of the increase in global temperatures due to climate change has some saying that 2014 could break the record.
The impact of climate change on El Niño is still an area of active research. There have been reports that the likelihood of monster El Niños will double in the next century as the climate system warms. Analysis of Pacific Ocean corals has shown that El Niños have also gotten stronger over the course of the 20th century, but they haven’t necessarily become more regular.
With all this being said, maybe booking a winter wedding next year won't be too bad after all. While it might be a little colder then the spring, summer or fall, according to the graphs, it has the chance, per the forecasts, to feel like two of those months anyway.
Let's look at all the pros from Glamour Magazines Kim Fusaro.
PRO: You’ll have an easier time finding vendors. Couples getting married in June should choose their vendors well in advance—otherwise they’re going to be stuck with other couples’ “leftovers,” generally the most expensive and/or least appealing options. If you plan on saying “I do” in December, however, when the wedding industry grinds to a halt, there should be lots of vendors just waiting to be hired.
PRO: Pretty much everything should be cheaper. If you and your groom are the only ones vying for a vendor’s business, you might be able to get him to lower his price. It’s often better for a caterer, florist, or photographer to book a client for less than money than to spend the weekend not working.
PRO: Cozy details totally work. Plenty of wedding venues have fireplaces—but it would be silly to spark up a fireplace if you’re getting married in July. You also probably wouldn’t use a ton of candles at a daytime summer wedding, but they’re totally appropriate in the colder months—which means you might not even need flowers.
But.... even if you do get some snow, look at how pretty it could turn out to be anyway with this 9 picture photo spread below.
Thanks for your time today,
Eric Scott Gold
East Coast Event Group General Manager