Snowbirds face a stormy winter as El Niño influences U.S. patterns

Snowbirds, Canadians and northerners who flock south to warmer climates for the winter, are facing a stormy season this year as El Niño, an irregular weather pattern that can bring heavy rains, flooding and severe storms, influences the United States.  

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting an increased likelihood of above-normal precipitation across the southern United States, with the greatest risk in Florida and along the Gulf Coast.

This is due to El Niño, which is characterized by warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean. The warmer waters can disrupt weather patterns, leading to changes in jet streams and storm tracks.


The expected increase in precipitation could lead to more frequent and intense storms, including hurricanes, tropical storms, and tornadoes. It could also cause flooding in low-lying areas.

Snowbirds should be aware of the potential for severe weather and take steps to prepare, such as having a plan for evacuations, assembling emergency kits, and staying informed about weather forecasts.

El Niño is also expected to bring cooler-than-average temperatures to the southern United States, which could be a welcome respite for snowbirds who are used to the cold winters up north.

Overall, snowbirds should expect a stormy and cooler winter this year thanks to El Niño. It’s important to be prepared for severe weather and take steps to protect yourself and your property.


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