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Warmer, drier winter predicted, says NOAA

El Niño didn’t develop as predicted, say forecasters

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 3:11 pm

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a warmer- and drier-than-average winter for 2012-2013 after the El Niño weather pattern didn’t develop as predicted.

When El Niño is present, warm water in the Pacific Ocean causes a shift in tropical weather patterns, which in turn affects the jet stream over the United States. El Niño occurs when an area of warm water develops in the Pacific Ocean roughly every five years west of northern South America.

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