The El Nino weather pattern was named by Peruvian fisherman. It means The Christ Child or The Child Jesus. The pattern was noted to begin right after Christmas. The full meaning of El Nino didn’t become known until 1969.
How does the El Nino Affect Us?
In the U.S., El Nino and its opposite, La Nina have a huge impact on weather. During El Nino winters, storms are more frequent and tend to hook into tropical weather. This is called the “Pineapple Express” and can deposit a lot of precipitation.
A report by Reuters has indicated that we are entering into another El Nino event. This information is vital, as it will give us time to prepare for it. Each area of the country will need to make different preparations, but having a four month early warning could be greatly beneficial.
Getting Ready for the El Nino
The report indicates that it may be January before we see any of the effects of this weather pattern. Even with the current drought situation, we should be able to get what we need prior to the bad weather.
Food: Grains, canned fruits and vegetables and meat should be stored. Grains need to be in airtight canisters or in the refrigerator/freezer. Canned vegetables are better than frozen because that leaves room in the freezer for meat and grains.
Water: Frozen water pipes can create havoc. Having a supply of bottled water on hand is a good idea. Other liquids, such as fruit juices and sports drinks are also a wise investment.
Fuel: Many areas don’t have natural gas piped into the home. Others may not be able to afford to use gas or oil as fuel. Make sure heating oil tanks are kept full. If you’re using wood to heat your home, start getting it ready now.
Medications: Having a three month supply of medications is wise from a number of standpoints. If this winter is as harsh as predicted, it may be life saving. If you or a loved one is on oxygen, you’ll need a spare tank. Also make sure your first aid kit is up to date.
Generators: For some they are a luxury, for others they may be the difference between life and death. If someone is on oxygen, they need electricity. Without power, they can’t breathe. They may be needed for heating many homes and operating pumps for those on well water. If cable and phone systems are out, a generator can provide enough power to run a computer so that local conditions can be monitored.
Now is the time to get ready. We don’t always get a warning this far in advance, so let’s make the best use of it.