El Niño Fizzle: No Relief Likely for California Drought
All that talk you’ve been hearing about El Niño coming to wash California out of its three-year drought: fahgettaboudit. Federal scientists now say the odds of those peculiar ocean conditions often associated with wet winters here have diminished substantially, and there’s now about a 65 percent chance of El Niño by late fall-early winter, right when we’d be hoping for rain and snow to return. The images above show warming (red) waters in the Pacific that indicate El Niño. Use the slider in the center to move back and forth between images and note how much the warming has dissipated in recent months. (NASA/JPL)
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