The term El Niño was first used over 300 years ago by Ecuadorian and Peruvian fisherman to describe a tide of warm water that developed periodically in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, bringing with it a period of high temperatures and heavy rains. El Niño now refers to a recurring weather phenomenon, typically beginning in late December, that alters climactic conditions—both mildly and severely—for at least several months, possibly up to two years.
Often, El Niño will merely elevate ocean temperatures along the South American coastline by one or two degrees Fahrenheit, but every few years it has a much more widespread impact, leading to abnormal—and sometimes harmful—climactic and economic activity around the globe.
El Niño of 1982-83 caused a loss of about $8 billion due to intense winter storms and massive flooding across farms in the southern United States, as well as unusually mild temperatures and snowless slopes at northern ski resorts. As global economies have grown, so has El Niño’s impact and capacity to do damage; climactic changes of 1997-98 caused an estimated impact of $30-45 billion from lost crops and closed fisheries.
Some sources are predicting this year’s El Niño effect to be the biggest yet, calling it “Godzilla El Niño.” In December, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it expected irregular weather patterns to continue well into spring of 2016. To protect your business from structural damage and profit losses in Q1, when the weather pattern’s disruptive power is at its peak, it’s important to have an emergency service plan in place.
The Glaser Guide to Combatting El Niño
Glaser & Associates, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of advanced fastening solutions, offers a line of products and services dedicated to sustaining businesses during emergency weather conditions like El Niño.
- Architecture – Lindapter’s line of concealed fasteners, including Hollo-Bolt Flush Fit, secure structural steel while maintaining the sleek aesthetic of modern buildings, such as glass skyscrapers.
- Rail – Lindapter’s ultra-strong clamping systems connect structural steel sections of railway stations and depots to maintain the consistent transportation of goods during emergency situations.
- Oil and gas – Glaser’s partner Lindapter manufactures stainless steel and hot dip galvanized oil and gas connections designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions.
- Hollo-Bolts – Made to secure structural steel, Glaser Hollo-Bolts are the only expansion bolts approved for High Wind and Seismic Design Categories A through F, making them the perfect solution for heavy winter storm and earthquake-prone areas such as California.
- Building services – For every application “under the hood” of a building, such as electrical equipment, HVAC systems, sprinklers, and pipes, Glaser and Lindapter can create a fastening solution.
- Power generation – Glaser carries a line of fasteners intended specifically for industrial level applications, enabling power plants to endure harsh conditions and extreme temperatures.
Although the disruptions caused by weather emergencies like El Niño are out of our control, you can manage the extent to which they affect your business. Planning for climate changes with weatherproof products such as those from Glaser and Lindapter will help to prevent structural and economic damage that these unpredictable weather patterns may cause.
For more information about how Glaser & Associates, Inc. can help you protect your business from El Niño and other environmental emergencies, download our free checklist, “Execute a Successful Plant Turnaround” today.