A massive El Niño is currently forming in the Pacific, and it is shaping up to be one of the strongest ever recorded. In fact, new maps show that this is brewing up to look a lot like the ‘super El Niño’ that occurred in 1997-1998.
Based on experience, this phenomenon could potentially bring rain to California — but also extreme drought in Australia. The monster weather pattern is tightening its grip on the Land Down Under, and it has not even peaked yet.
El Niño has already made 2015 the hottest year, and it might do the same for 2016. And since it is hard to pinpoint when the phenomenon will end, it’s a good idea to just adapt to the changes and begin making adjustments to your residential or commercial property.
Fortify Property Against Heat
Install a cool roof, as this can make your property more comfortable when the temperatures go up. The usual dark-coloured roof can heat up and create sweltering indoor conditions, so choose a lighter-coloured one.
You might also want to coat your property with paint that can protect it from weathering elements. The experts at Clearrnew.com.au recommends gel coat, as this can also rejuvenate faded and sun-weathered surfaces.
Incorporate Fire-Wise Landscaping
El Niño is increasing the frequency of wildfires, especially in Australia. To fireproof your residential or commercial property, practice fire-proof landscaping. Limit the number of flammable trees, bushes, vegetation and materials around your home.
Make sure to maintain your water source, and make conserving water a must for your home or business. Only take your needed amount of water, take shorter showers, and do not leave the tap running unnecessarily.
Repair leaking pipes or taps as well, and if possible, install water-efficient nozzles and insulate pipes to reduce heat loss.
Promote Green Power
The electricity we use is one of the biggest factors of climate change, so change to green power. Buy electricity generated from renewable energy source through alternate power suppliers. Wind and solar energy, for instance, do not produce carbon emissions.
It is hard to imagine that you are planning for the holidays and ending the year right, but it is important to plan for the onslaught of El Niño, too.