NOAA announces the arrival of El Niño | 2/18/2019 | EarthSky
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Difference from average sea surface temperatures at the equator in the tropical Pacific during January, 2019. Image via NOAA.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued an El Niño Advisory on February 14, 2019, indicating the climate pattern has taken effect and is likely to continue through the spring. While the El Niño is expected to be weak, it may bring wetter conditions across the southern half of the U.S. during the coming months.

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El Niño is is a natural ocean-atmospheric phenomenon marked by warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean near the equator. Typical El Nino patterns during winter and early spring include below-average precipitation and warmer-than-average temperatures along the northern tier of the U.S. and above-normal precipitation and cooler conditions across the U.S. South. although impacts vary during each El Nino event.

Mike Halpert is deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, and ENSO forecaster. Halpert said:

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El Niño conditions across the equatorial Pacific have come together and we can now announce its arrival. While sea surface temperatures are above average, current observations and climate models indicate that this El Nino will be weak, meaning we do not expect significant global impacts through the remainder of winter and into the...
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