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El Nino vs. La Nina

The weather patterns are always changing. This past winter of 2022-2023, Maryland and Virginia didn’t have a hard winter as it usually gets and hardly any snow seen around the 95 corridor. The Northern Neck in Virginia didn’t get any snow at all. All these changes are due to El Nino and La Nina – warm and cool phases of a climate pattern across the Pacific Ocean. They affect the weather, wildfires, economies and ecosystems globally.

The warm climate pattern, El Nino, affects our weather greatly. It occurs when warm water builds along the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. There is an increase in moisture rising in the air. The Gulf Coast and the Southeast part of the US is wetter and has increased flooding. During the winter in the Southern part of the US, the conditions are wetter and cooler. It’s drier and warmer in the Northern part. The hurricane season is also less active during an El Nino pattern.

The cold climate pattern, La Nina, is the opposite of El Nino. It occurs when cool water builds along the same region. There’s drought conditions in the Southern half of the US with heavy rains and floods in the Northern half. During the winter, temperatures are warmer in the South and colder in the North. The hurricane season is also a lot more severe.

What does all this mean? That’s a great question. Both climate patterns have a huge impact on weather conditions which in turns have a huge impact on how wildlife animals live. The colder the temperatures are, means most wildlife will find a location to stay warm throughout the cold. The location could be in your attic or under your crawlspace. Any place that a wildlife animal feels warm and secure with a food source nearby.

If or before that happens, give Elite Wildlife Removal a call. It’s always better to be proactive instead of having to fix any damage caused by a wildlife animal which could cost thousands more. We’ll be more than happy to conduct an inspection to be proactive or if you’ve seen evidence of a wildlife animal inside your home. Give us a call at 804-867-7184 or 301-848-5048.


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