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.
Remember, the drier the air, the more abrupt the 24-hour temperature swings. You can get a case where the daytime temperatures are in the triple digits near the surface, the nighttime temperatures only in the 70's, and dew points that remain in the 80's despite the temperature swing. Not only that, but the ground can actually cool faster than the air at high levels at night. The resulting temperature inversion is ultimately what creates this phenomenon of this low-lying fog bank that the buildings rise above. The phenomenon, in fact, bears a stark resemblance to the mechanism behind the fog bank that invades San Francisco during the summer months, only instead of simply advecting during the day, it forms at night as a result of a combination of lingering moisture in the atmosphere and air at night that cools far more rapidly at the surface than it does above.
Where is that, exactly? Try the region where the sun itself is beating down on Earth the hardest: the tropics. Remember, the equatorial trough is technically a thermal low: When solar input is stronger, the pressure on the equator is lower. As a result, the trade winds intensify to fill that void, pushing warm water into the thermohaline circulation as a consequence, which strengthens it, keeping the mid-latitude and polar regions warm while at the same time cooling the equator.
When solar input to the tropics (which, being the region that's most dependent on solar input for its warmth, may cool easily by 1°C or more as a result) weakens, however, then the opposite occurs. If there's less solar input to the equator and the equatorial trough levels out, then the trade winds weaken or reverse direction for an extended period of time, causing, basically, a 200-year El Niño. This gradually weakens the thermohaline circulation as a consequence, allowing regions far away from the equator to cool...
With that being said, however, Cycle 24 is now on its downhill trend (which does tend to favor El Niño as well), and after Cycle 24 comes to a close (around 2020-21, give or take), the "sunspot number" is expected to remain in the single digits throughout Cycle 25 (and possibly beyond). So wait until 2020 and then ask that question again...
In fact, some Moore, Oklahoma residents, in May 1999 (the strongest tornado ever recorded on radar), actually had the unfortunate nerve to leave their otherwise safe homes (yes, ones that have basements) only to hide underneath overpasses and become victims of this effect as a consequence.
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