Earlier this year, weather forecasters were predicting an El Niño, but the tea leaves didn’t indicate that it would amount to much. The tea leaves, it appears, were wrong and now, weather forecasters are predicting a stronger and longer El Niño weather event, Brownfield News reports.
The U.S. Climate Prediction Center (CPC) projects a more than 90% chance that El Nino will continue through this winter. And there's an 80% likelihood it will last into early spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
CPC meteorologist Tom Diliberto says that could mean increased precipitation this winter across the southern U.S., including California. "Meanwhile, when we get across the Northern Plains, you could expect to see, maybe the further north you go, a chance for there being above-average temperatures," Diliberto says, "and then when you get a little further off, into Tennessee and Kentucky—and maybe Illinois and Indiana—you could see wetter conditions in those locations."
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