El Niño has arrived. What does that mean for weather in 2019?
Posted On February 22, 2019
El Niño has arrived in 2019. So far, it's pretty weak. That doesn't mean it will stay that way.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday that this natural climate phenomenon — which is triggered by warmer temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean and can significantly affect weather in the U.S. — will likely persist through the spring. But what happens next is still unclear.
"We don’t have a good handle on where this goes the rest of the year," Mike Halpert, the deputy director of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said in an interview. "It becomes kind of a tossup after spring."
Read more at Mashable.com.