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It’s an El Nino year. Travelling north, I expected Southern California hillsides to be green; however, I was surprised that the fruit trees were already blooming. The layer of pink is probably blossoming peach trees since their blossoms are most often pink.

When I hear it’s an El Nino year, I think, ‘California’s 15 minutes of green will last longer but there will be less snow at our Northwestern ski resorts and the snow will be wetter.' When I heard that this was the fourth largest El Nino since 1950; I decided to see what that really meant.
According to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), “El Niño is characterized by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific. NOAA records go back to 1950. Ocean water temperatures are the fourth highest in that time at 1.8 degrees above normal. Higher December temperatures occurred in 1972 (+2.1), 1983 (+2.3) and 1997 (+2.5). Source
In normal, non-El Niño conditions, the trade winds blow towards the west across the tropical Pacific. These winds pile up warm surface water in the west Pacific, so that the sea surface is about 1/2 meter higher at Indonesia than at Ecuador. The sea surface temperature is about 8 degrees C higher in the west, with cool temperatures off South America, due to an upwelling of cold water from deeper levels.
During El Niño, the trade winds relax in the central and western Pacific. This reduces the efficiency of upwelling to cool the surface with a rise in sea surface temperature. Rainfall follows the warm water eastward, with associated flooding in Peru and drought in Indonesia and Australia. Source

Map Coordinates are 36.238186,-120.232122. When TE rounds the coordinates, the place shown is further north on Interstate 5. To see the exact place, move south until the freeway crosses a riverbed.

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  • Copyright: Pat Lim (plimrn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4015 W: 227 N: 6735] (21344)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-02-14
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds
  • Details: Tripod: Yes
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-02-15 11:33
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