Natural Climate Patterns

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Above-average rainfall this past spring in Morton, Illinois, the so-called “pumpkin capital of the world,” is to blame for a pumpkin shortage this fall. 

May 2011

  • Above-average sea surface temperatures, a natural cycle of increased hurricane activity, and a fading La Nina have influenced the 2011 Atlantic hurricane outlook.

  • Near the Earth’s equator, solar heating is intense year round. Converging trade winds and abundant water vapor all combine to produce a persistent belt of daily showers known as the Intertropical Convergence Zone.