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Signs of El Niño winter growing in the Pacific


July 26, 2018

Signs are growing that a disruption is brewing in the Pacific Ocean that could impact the region’s upcoming winter, according to meteorologist Nic Loyd of Washington State University’s AgWeatherNet. El Niño, the climate phenomenon triggered by periodic warming of ocean water in the tropical Pacific and influences weather that varies by regions throughout the world, appears to be coming back.

“A strong El Niño in the U.S. typically brings warmer than average winters to the Pacific Northwest, lots of rain to California and cool, stormy conditions to the southern-tier states,” he sa...

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