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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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