Warmer winter for Fort Wayne?

Snow covered Fort Wayne from February 2015.
Snow covered Fort Wayne from February 2015.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Researchers from the National Weather Service described this year’s El Niño as “Godzilla” and said it could be one of the strongest on record.

El Niño, which is the warming of the waters in the eastern Pacific, can have a huge impact on weather patterns around the world.

So what does that mean for Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana?

According to NewsChannel 15 Meteorologist Nicholas Ferreri it may not mean much. As in, not much snow.“The characteristics we’re seeing develop with the current El Niño are similar to those of the El Niño pattern from 1997-1998.  During that year, we had one of the city’s lowest recorded snow totals on the record books – which, for snow totals, date back to the 1930s,” he said.

That winter ended with 4th lowest snow total on record. Only 13.9 inches of snow fell during the season, the winter in Indiana could be more like “Ant-Man” than “Godzilla.”

“We do have to be careful, though, when talking about a pattern like El Niño.  It can strengthen or weaken between now and the upcoming winter season, affecting our winter forecast,” added Ferreri.

On average, Fort Wayne receives 33.5 inches of snow each winter. A warmer winter could also mean more ice in place of snow.

“The Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Team will be monitoring El Niño closely as we develop our winter forecast and share it with you later this fall,” Meteorologist Nicholas Ferreri said.



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