Strongest El Nino pattern in almost 20 years setting up

Could bring much needed rainfall to California

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – El Nino occurs when a large area of warm water builds up in the eastern Pacific near the equator.

El Nino was forecast to return this year but now scientists believe the large volume of warm water along the Pacific coast surpasses the record breaking El Nino of 1997-1998.

The El Nino weather pattern may soon bring above average rainfall to drought stricken California. “I think that’s great California needs the rain and it’ll help out everyone,” said Tiffany Battles of Chicopee.

The El Nino is also likely to contribute to a below normal Atlantic hurricane season. “That’s good so if they predict right we will be happy to not have them here in our area,” said Marina Arhipov of Chicopee.

However, an above normal hurricane season is likely in the central and eastern Pacific. Nearly all the models predict that El Nino will continue in the northern Hemisphere through the winter of 2015-2016.

El Nino typically does not have as much of a direct impact on us here in New England as it does on other parts of the country so we’ll just have to wait and see if it will have an effect on us this winter.

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