Hot Mess In the Solar System

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Weather fascinates me.

For someone who has been a watcher of it most of my life, I am continually reminded how little I know.

When first married, I lived in Chicago and although I knew the lake was part of the reason the cold wind blew frigid cold around downtown Chicago, I never heard tell of lake effect snow until I moved south. It was like the weather word for the middle 2000’s.

And then a stupid, massive high pressure system sat over central Texas the summer of 2011, like it’s doing over California now, causing history  making drought conditions for hot, depressing months that dried up wells, tanks, and crops like they were in a convection oven with a broken timer. Like it’s doing now in California.

That was La Niña strutting her stuff in 2011.

La Niña, El Niño, are climactic phenomenon driven by temperatures in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

It’s way more complicated than that.

It has to do with the way the water temperature affects the atmosphere.