2015-2016 El Nino

 

Sea surface temperatures in the eastern tropical Pacific during late 2015 and early 2016 have been on par with the strongest El Niņo events on record (1982-83, 1997-98).

 

These temperatures peaked in November 2015 and have slowly declined afterward.

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) projects this El Niņo to continue weakening into spring and transition to neutral conditions by late spring or early summer 2016. The odds of a La Niņa event for 2016-17 will be going up as autumn approaches.

 

5 likely effects during a strong El Niņo:
1. Increased precipitation in California
2. Fewer hurricanes in the Atlantic
3. Below-normal tornado activity
4. Increased typhoon activity in the Pacific
5. Mild winter for much of the U.S.