Controversy regarding the blooming El Nino in the Pacific
‘Godzilla El Nino’ Added to English Language Lexicon
Austin, Texas, April 17, 2015 The decision by a reputable meteorologist to describe the burgeoning El Nino as a ‘godzilla El Nino’ has been decried by many in the weather community. The Global Language Monitor, has announced that the phrase has met the minimum criteria to be recognized in the English Language Lexicon. After seventy years of the now iconic Godzilla film franchise, the word, according to yourDictionary.com now means: ‘Anything that is an extremely large or dramatic example of its type’.
The Global Language Monitor since 2003 has been recognizing new words once they meet the criteria of a minimum number of citations across the breadth of the English-speaking world, with the requisite depth of usage on the Internet, in social media, and the global print and electronic media The phrase ‘Godzilla El Nino’ crossed that threshold earlier today.
The controversy began earlier in the week when Bill Patzert of the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, dubbed the exploding Pacific Ocean phenomenon, a potential Godzilla El Niño, possibly the strongest since records tracking El Nino development began in in 1950.
For purposes of comparison, GLM examined the parallel usage of the word ‘Frankenstein: ‘Any creation that slips from the control of and ultimately destroys its creator’. Both are cited tens of million of times in Google (now Alphabet?) searches with Frankenstein beating Godzilla only by a 6:5 margin.
The name ‘Godzilla,’ according to the creator of Godzilla, Eiji Tsuburaya, was the nickname of a tough-looking employee, ‘Gojira’ that was a combination of the Japanese words for Gojira are a combination of “gorilla” and “behemoth”. The name ‘Frankenstein’ is taken from Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly’s novel Frankenstein, the Modern Prometheus (1818). In the novel Dr. Victor Frankenstein is the creator of the ‘creature,’ or ‘monster’ not the monster himself.
Frankenstorm was the name dubbed by Hydrometeorological Prediction Center forecaster James Cisco in 2012. In a bulletin typically only read by fellow meteorologists Cisco suggested that Hurricane Sandy might transform into a ‘hybrid vortex’ as a sort of ‘Frankenstorm’. The Frankenstorm, of course, did wreak unprecedented havoc upon the East Coast causing billions of dollars in long-term damage.
“In the same manner that the Frankenstorm far exceeded original forecasts, some fear that the Godzilla El Nino could produce far worse weather than forecast, when adding unprecedented climate change into the mix,” said Paul JJ Payack, Chief Word Analyst for GLM.”
In California history, there have been periods of unprecedented rainfall. The winter of 1861-62 is a well-documented example. According to numerous reports, the Central Valley stretching from north of Sacramento to 250 miles south (and approximately 20 miles wide) was completed inundated. Reports of feet rather than inches of rain were common. Even Los Angeles reported some 35 inches of rain in a matter of weeks.
Was this the result of a Godzilla El Nino some one hundred years before the phenomenon was scientifically scrutinized? Researchers now link the ENSO phenomena to various events in world history such as the disappearance of the Maya, helping stage the pre-conditions to the French Revolution, famines in Northern China in the late 19th century, and bleaching of about one sixth of the world’s coral in the last few decades. Recently, a NOAA-sponsored study at Texas A&M suggested suggests a possible link between El Niño and the 1918 flu pandemic.
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