Lack Of Summer Heat From Lingering El Nino Could Make Issues In The Fall

(WNAX) — While the El Nino was slow to develop, it looks like it will hang around a while. Dennis Todey, head of the Midwest Climate Hub in Ames Iowa says the El Nino didn’t start as expected…

“We were talking about El Nino starting last fall…it didn’t quite happen, didn’t quite happen, then kicked in around February and it looks like its…its…going to stay in the weakish, maybe weak/moderate throughout the summer.”

Todey says a summer El Nino is kind of unusual…

“El Ninos in the summer time tend to be decent growing conditions; certainly not hot and dry. People would like a little bit of that now, but El Ninos in the summer tend not to be hot and dry so, overall that’s usually a good thing, but this year because of the wetness, we do have a little bit of concern that this…this…could put a little bit of a damper on the growing season.”

Todey says the lack of heat could be a problem by fall…

“With El Ninos not being too warm, you…you…might be a little short on…on…corn on degree days, which could put us in the fall you know, even if we are not into a situation in the fall of freeze conditions, you may be harvesting some…some… wet corn again. So, it may be one thing or another.”

An El Nino occurs when Pacific Ocean temperatures rise and cause weather impacts in North America.