El Nino 2014: What can Canada expect from this enigmatic weather pattern?

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Scott Sutherland

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 10:01 AM -

El Nino 2014 is set to be the biggest story of the year, and on Thursday at 4:54 p.m. ET, The Weather Network weighs in for a full analysis on the event and its potential impact.

Forecasters with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have issued an El Nino Watch for 2014, meaning that there's a good chance we'll see this enigmatic weather pattern return after a roughly four-year hiatus.

However, with news stories reporting on a potential warm winter to come for North America, along with talk of a possible 'super' El Nino, like we saw back in 1997-1998, or even an 'epic' or 'monster' El Nino unlike we've ever seen, what exactly does all this mean?

What is El Nino, how does it form and what's behind the current forecasts? What does it mean for Canada if it does form, and are reports succumbing to hyperbole?

EXPERT ANALYSIS: Dr. Doug Gilham appears on television as The Long Ranger and writes regularly for His expertise can be read here

Dr. Doug Gillham will have all of his Insider Insights on this afternoon, and tune in at 4:54 p.m. Eastern Time today as he and Suzanne Leonard go over the details in their El Nino Long Ranger Special.

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