• Artist rendering of Pioneer Square during Klondike Gold Rush

    Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit

    National Historical Park Washington

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  • Visitor Center Closing at 1 pm

    Thursday Sept 4, 2014 the park visitor center will close at 1:00 pm.

  • Area disruptions Sept 3 and Sept 4

    Both local area streets, and walkways will be affected Sept 3 - Sept 4 by the NFL Gameday Village and Seattle Seahawks home opener. Street parking may be extremely limited and in area private lots will have higher than normal special event prices.

El Niño

Typically, El Niño is first noticed along the South American west coast when warmer than normal temperatures appear within 1 to 4 months the warmer temperatures extend to the mid-Pacific. This is believed to alter the position of the jet stream and cause more intense storms in several regions in North America.

In the Pacific Northwest, El Niño tends to bring drier winters. The area affected in this manner includes Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and the more mountainous portions of Idaho, western Montana, western Alberta and northwest Wyoming.

The warming associated with an El Niño is a departure from long-term average ocean temperatures which are generally cool in the eastern Pacific due to upwelling. As the trade winds in the central and eastern Pacific the upwelling of cold water from far below the ocean surface slows and may even cease temporarily. These effects in turn causes the ocean to warm a degree or two (C) above its climatological average. A strong El Niño can warm by 3 or 4 degrees (C) over large areas, and even 5 degrees (C) in smaller regions.

El Nino years since 1895: 1914, 1918, 1940, 1941,1957, 1963, 1965, 1972, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2002, 2009


Did You Know?

1 sur 10 était une femme

Le Saviez-Vous ? Parmi les plus de 70 000 prospecteurs qui partirent pour la ruée de l’or du Klondike, 1 sur 10 était une femme.