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A massive El Nino is coming! Forecasters say ‘strong’ weather event could bring relief to drought-stricken California

Forecast says El Nino conditions are likely to last another nine months 

US set to experience wetter-than-normal conditions along Gulf Coast 

In previous strong El Niño events, California has seen a 150 per cent to 200 per cent increase in rainfall

A US government weather forecaster today warned that much-watched El Nino conditions are likely to last another nine months.

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center said there is a 90 per cent chance that El Nino would continue through this winter.

It added that it could help relief the drought in California and that there is an 80 per cent likelihood it would last into the Northern Hemisphere’s early spring.

2898419E00000578-0-image-a-2_1431456771297The US National Oceanic and Atmosopheric Administration has detected warmer than average water surface temperatures around the equator of the Pacific Ocean (shown above) which indicates the arrival of El Niño

Across the contiguous United States, the effects of El Nino are likely to remain weak through the summer and become ‘strong’ in the late fall and winter, the CPC said.

El Nino, the warming of Pacific sea-surface temperatures, can have devastating consequences for agriculture.

It can trigger heavy rains and floods in South America and scorching weather in Asia and as far away as east Africa.

But the weather pattern also increases precipitation in key U.S. agricultural regions.



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