Posted at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Dry winter with more high surf in forecast
Advertiser StaffThe National Weather Service today predicted a weak to moderate El Nino winter that could produce a greater number of drier days, fewer days with trade winds and as many as 20 more episodes of large winter surf on Hawai'i's north-facing shores.
The developing El Nino conditions are expected to mature in mid-December and last through March.
Late season tropical cyclones are also a possibility as well as warmer days and cooler nights. El Nino weather is a recurring climate phenomenon with unusual warm ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
It causes abnormal weather conditions world-wide and can produce severe storms, heat waves, drought and floods.