Strong El Niņo Continues

El Niņo

(Image: NOAA)

This image shows the satellite sea surface temperature departure for the month of October 2015, where orangered colors are above normal temperatures and are indicative of El Niņo. This event is forecast to continue through the winter, likely ranking as one of the top three (3) strongest events since 1950, before fading in late spring or early summer. El Niņo has already produced significant global impacts, and is expected to affect temperature and precipitation patterns across the United States during the upcoming months. Seasonal outlooks generally favor below-average temperatures and above-median precipitation across the southern tier of the United States, and above-average temperatures and below-median precipitation over the northern tier of the United States.

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