With that being said, scientists at NASA, etc. should try to manipulate the orbit of this thing so as to see if they can try and make it hit Ar-Raqqah... to teach ISIS a lesson, that is.
Of course, 1976-77 (another dry year; go figure) is when the last decadal PDO shift that ended with the 1997-98 bang occurred. AMO was also negative at the time, and proved the most significant factor: 1977-78 was only a weak El Niño, but just like 2004-05 (AMO in 2004-05 = weak negative; AMO in 1977-78 = moderate negative; AMO in 2015-16 = fourth strongest negative on record, and counting), it still packed a persistent -PNA punch.
To find the last El Niño with which all three of these factors coexisted — negative (and declining) AMO combined with positive (and climbing) PDO/IPO — that can even begin to compare with what's being forecasted, one needs to go way back to 1939-42... which was both a strong El Niño and a long-lasting one that ended up bashing us with not just winter deluges but also a tropical surprise.
Of course, there might be a reason why seismic activity has been relatively low the past few years, with the exception of maybe Napa and La Habra: Faults are lubricated by water. Remove the water, and the faults become less lubricated. The only problem is, once the water returns, it tends to relieve that stress rather rapidly... which probably explains why 2003 (San Simeon) and 2010 (Mexicali) were more active, seismically speaking. That may be a good thing, however, since it also means that when quakes do occur, they occur after droughts end... which means there's plenty of water available to fight the fires that quakes cause.
It's actually kind of a paradox, really: Although the traditional Tornado Alley tends to get less activity during El Niño events than normal (2015 is on track to become a record low), Dixie Alley actually gets more tornadoes during strong El Niños than normal. The same goes for Sacramento Alley... and San Joaquin Alley... although in those two cases, the tornado activity doesn't appear until mature El Niño winters.
Those who lived through the last one called it the "Noachian Deluge" for a reason...
That's precisely the kind of vulnerable construction that's commonplace in the South and Midwest. Not only brick, but unreinforced masonry galore ― far worse than the log cabins at the time, which still suffered immense damage nonetheless. Also, sand blows are a clear sign of how liquefaction-prone the Mississippi drainage basin is. Mix water and sand together and shake it, and what do you get? Thousands of square miles of quicksand, just waiting to destroy the very foundations of everything built on top of it. Of course, log cabins are vulnerable to liquefaction as well... but unreinforced masonry is also brittle as icing on the cake.
Of course, even the 1997-98 El Niño only brought sprinkles to this area in comparison to this. With that being said, however, this isn't summer south of the equator, this is fall for them, and what caused this flooding wasn't just the El Niño waters and associated convection. It was a combination of abnormally warm water, a cold front, and an atmospheric river (!) seemingly stretching from Tahiti all the way to South America (Pineapple Express of the South?) that all occurred at the same time to cause this.
Then again, if this is a potential indicator for how strong the 2015-16 El Niño might be... Yeah, talk about going from one extreme to the other.
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