I have previously written about the influence of cyclic patterns on weather, both locally and on a large scale. In a prior blog post, The critical long-term weather effects of la niña, I discussed the cyclic changes in the surface temperature of the Pacific Sea. In hindsight, what meteorologists considered to be the end of the warm El Niño phase and the beginning of a long, cold La Niña phase last April, did not turn out to be quite correct. La Niña proved to be short-lived, especially judging from current events in California where recent rainfall (and mountain snow) has caused significant water accumulation in reservoirs and on level land, resulting in landslides and damage to infrastructure.
Now, I could go on by saying that the recent weather patterns have been extreme and leave it at that, but the truth is, what is – or even more so – what used to be – extreme may very well become the new normal. A change in global weather patterns and global climate warming will not necessarily cause a higher number of storms but the severity of the storms is likely to increase and, since humans now inhabit more of the areas of the planet with more high-priced real estate typically being located close to water, the human and financial impacts of weather can be expected to be much bigger. This is before we talk about any rise in sea water level around our coasts.
Whether the current turn of events, with respect to the flooding in the western United States, is the effect of a returning El Niño or an unusual, lower than normal jet stream, the impact on infrastructure, private and municipal property, and people’s livelihood will likely increase.
And, as always, this is where broadcasting service comes in to ensure that the public is weather aware and weather prepared. Only with a fully integrated weather content production facility with ChyronHego’s integrated Metacast with CAMIO Universe workflow, can news editors and meteorologists alike be prepared to meet the needs of their audiences.
At Booth SL1210, at NAB 2017 in Las Vegas, ChyronHego will showcase the latest Metacast technology, both as a stand-alone production system and in a fully integrated newsroom workflow with the CAMIO Universe.
Until next time, stay weather aware and weather prepared!
Karl Eggestad, Global Sales Director for Metacast, ChyronHego