How will El Niño Impact You?
Published: October 27, 2023 Last Updated: November 10, 2023
This year's El Niño is expected to be a substantial one, with far-reaching consequences that extend beyond just weather patterns. In this article, we'll delve into how El Niño works, its implications in a warming world, and why being prepared is more crucial than ever.
What is El Niño?
El Niño is a climate pattern that describes the unusual warming of surface waters in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. El Niño is the “warm phase” of a larger phenomenon called the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). This disturbance triggers a cascade of atmospheric changes that affect weather patterns globally.
Historical Economic Impact
In 1997-98, an unprecedented El Niño event unleashed its devastating force, causing a staggering $5.7 trillion in income losses across nations worldwide, blowing out the initial estimate of $96 billion.
Why Does This El Niño Matter?
This year's El Niño is particularly noteworthy due to an unusually long La Niña phase, lasting since 2020, which has allowed heat energy to accumulate in the ocean. As well as the planet itself heating up due to human-induced climate change, making it challenging to predict how it will manifest.
How can you prepare yourself?
El Niño's arrival often brings extreme weather conditions like heatwaves and heavy rainfall. To protect your well-being and property, it's essential to be prepared.
Heatwave Readiness: El Niño events can indirectly contribute to worsened air quality, which may potentially trigger asthma symptoms in individuals who are sensitive to air pollution and allergens. During El Niño events, changes in weather patterns can lead to conditions such as increased heat and droughts, which may contribute to wildfires and the formation of ground-level ozone. These environmental changes can result in higher levels of air pollution, which can exacerbate respiratory conditions like asthma.
Bushfire Safety: Parts of Queensland can experience bushfires, particularly during dry seasons. Ensure that your smoke alarms comply with the current QLD legislation, are regularly cleaned, and checked for proper functionality. Remember that we can assist you in ensuring your smoke alarms meet safety standards.
Additionally, create a firebreak around your property, clear debris, and vegetation, and have firefighting equipment like hoses and pumps ready. Stay informed about fire bans and warnings.
Water Conservation: Queensland often faces water shortages, so practice water conservation by fixing leaks, having a rain water tank installed, limit your water usage and use drought-tolerant plants in your landscaping.
Storm Preparedness: Queensland can experience severe storms with heavy rain, lightning, and strong winds. Secure outdoor objects, trim overhanging trees, and have a battery-powered weather radio to receive alerts.
For added protection, consider surge protection for your home to safeguard electronic devices and appliances from power surges. Fallon Solutions is a trusted provider that can assist you in installing surge protection, ensuring your home is well-prepared for the unpredictable Queensland weather.
Stay Informed: Sign up for weather alerts and notifications from local authorities. Follow news updates and monitor the Bureau of Meteorology for the latest weather forecasts and warnings.
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