Part of the Pacific Ocean is now officially under the influence of the El Nio climate phenomenon.
The weather in North America, including the Great Lakes, may be significantly impacted by this pattern.
What does this indicate about Michigan's winter weather this year?
A professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences named Zachary Johnson gave some insight into how this can effect your life.
Global climates and weather are impacted by the El Nio trend, which is caused by warming in the tropical Pacific Ocean.
The tropical Pacific Ocean, which is warmer than usual, heats and makes the air above it more humid.
Eventually, those jet stream changes propagate downstream in Michigan, impacting our local weather.
This disturbed pattern propagates northward, affecting the jet stream off the west coast of Canada and the United States.