Dolores finally closed her book with a body slam to SoCal, taking out Interstate 10 in the doing, over the weekend. Her swan song performance, characterized as "super historic" by one local forecaster, broke July rain records throughout the region.
The persistent thread, in what to date has been record breaking TS season, is the strengthening El Nino. So what is a strengthening El Nino you may ask? Well it is one that is not strong yet is the answer. As silly as that sounds we are about to find out soon, if it is strong yet. The measure of strength is the temperature above normal of the surface of the ocean, called SST, for a given month. If the current temperature increase is maintained, till the end of this month, we will be in a strong El Nino year, that is already approaching the record set in 1997-98. Interesting, however coincidental, is that the tropical storms that year had the same set of names as this year. What is of significance was the number of Tropical Storms, 26 with 11 becoming hurricanes, including Hurricane Pauline that hopscotched along the Southwest coast of Mexico with disastrous result, and has been retired from the list of names because of the destruction and loss of life that were it's result.
Included here is a link to an article that goes more in depth than you may need about El Ninos, but the video at the end is interesting and entertaining, you might like it.http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/07/20/el-nino-intensifying-could-rival-strongest-in-history/
Here is another article that gives the wrap up on Dolores and more discussion of El Ninos, with an amazing video from 1939, also a El Nino year, of a hurricane that did get all the way to SoCal.http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3050
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Here in Alamos we have enjoyed, assuming your roof does not leak, a rainy couple of nights. Currently, its 10:30 Wednesday evening, we are approaching 2" of rain in the last 24 hours with more than 5.5" this month and nearly 9" since June 1st. With tomorrow and Friday predicted to bring up to another 1".
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