SEATTLE, Wash. -- El Nino is usually associated with milder winters in the Northwest. But this time, El Nino - a phenomenon where warmer water in the equatorial Pacific tends to gather in the eastern part of the ocean - is expected to make a warm impression in late summer.
"We get especially warm late summers and kind of humid summers," said Washington State Climatologist Nick Bond,
Bond added it does not mean it will bring more rain, though thunder and lightning is expected to be above normal due to humidity.
"A lot of sticky nights - nothing like Mississippi," added Bond.
But what's driving it is not the typical shift of equatorial waters. The water along the West Coast is warmer than usual, and that traces back to our previous fall and winter.
Remember how dry it was in November and December? Remember how ski areas opened late? That, say meteorologists, is due to a blocking pattern that kept many storms from reaching us.
"That blocking pattern that kept a lot of storms from coming in here meant less winds, less cooling of the oceans as usual," said Bond.
And even though the taps opened in a big way with a record wet season February through April, the temperatures off the West Coast are just warmer enough to compound the El Nino effects on the Northwest.