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El Nino May Decrease Hurricanes Now, But Increase Tornadoes Later

JACKSON, MISS– When the swirling ocean waters are warming than usual, it’s called El Nino. It could mean fewer hurricanes for this season. 

“It’s really difficult to pinpoint weather patterns for the summer,” says Steve Wilkinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service,” but there is the suppression of hurricanes.”

Having fewer or less stronger hurricanes in a season sounds great, but the effects of El Nino strike harder in the winter time. During an El Nino season, there’s lots of rain in the fall and winter months.

“And in November, December,” says Wilkinson, “historically we’ve seen tornadoes during that time in the El Nino season.”

Those tornadoes typically happen in mid to late November and the early days of December.

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