Update on El Niño Predictions and Drought Conditions

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Date: September 18, 2015
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725

National Weather Service Meteorologist Eric Boldt will discuss current El Niño predictions and will provide drought and wildfire updates during the October From Shore to Sea lecture.

Boldt and other forecasters have predicted the upcoming El Niño will result in much stronger oceanic and atmospheric effects than usual. On average, El Niño and its sister phenomenon La Niña, occur every two to seven years.

Boldt will describe what the condition known as El Niño is and how it is caused, as well as its effects on ocean environments, sea surface temperatures, and precipitation. He will compare current predictions with previous El Niños and explain how he and other forecasters have arrived at these predictions.

Boldt will also provide an update on current and upcoming drought and wildfire conditions and on the relationship between these conditions and the predictions for this year's El Niño.

Boldt has worked as a Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service since 2005. Before his current position, he was a Senior Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Montana and Oregon. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Kansas.

The talk will be held on October 8, 2015. The From Shore to Sea lecture series is sponsored by Channel Islands National Park to further the understanding of current research on the Channel Islands and surrounding marine waters. The lectures occur at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of March, April, May, September, October, and November at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor. The programs are free and open to the public.



Last updated: September 18, 2015

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