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Some of these storms can be stronger in el nio years

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Unformatted text preview: Niño year. ``Some of these storms can be stronger in El Niño years, because they have more energy in them when they start out on the other side of the (Pacific) ocean,'' Moore said. ``It was like a hurricane in March,'' said Rucker, who while at WCTVChannel 6 was credited with predicting the storm and alerting North Florida viewers to it. ``It was a very, very rare storm.'' It was rare because fewer blasts of cold air are produced during El Niño years. The eastern Pacific generally is not a place for storminess, because the water's too cold. But in El Niño years, the warming of the waters off South America causes instability in the atmosphere and a shift of the subtropical jet stream - a band of fastmoving air currents that meanders and shifts around the southern part of the Northern hemisphere. ``It won't mean that cold air won't come down,...
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