The basic definition of El Nino is this: Trade winds that blow from east to west in the tropical Pacific Ocean tend to weaken every two to seven years. That change sets off a whole raft of weather changes that can make some areas wetter, others drier and cause major storms in some places… This past year was a good example. But for the season ahead, what may be the biggest El Nino ever could spell out some winter trouble… "We can generally rule out an extended period of very cold weather," said Dave Robinson, state climatologist at Rutgers University. "El Nino is a mixed bag here in New Jersey. It can either be rather wet, or rather dry, rather warm, sometimes on the cold side."… When there is a strong to very strong El Nino, Robinson said New Jersey has a number of coastal storms, but not a lot of snow. Two of the state’s least snowy winters in over a century, 1972-73 and 1997-98, were both strong to very strong El Niño winters. But once again, underscoring the system’s volatility, there was one major snowstorm during 1982-83 – another very strong El Nino.
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