El Niño Intensifying, Could Rival Strongest in Recorded History

Weather forecasters say that the present El Niño event could become the most powerful on record, as it has intensified since the spring. As the strength of El Niño increases, 2015 is likely to become the warmest year on record and will have ripple effects on weather patterns all over the world, enhancing rainfall in California in the fall and winter, quieting the Atlantic hurricane season, creating a warmer than normal winter over large parts of the U.S., and generating more typhoons and hurricanes in the Pacific. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the "forecaster consensus" is for a strong event, but it doesn't specify how strong. Its forecast calls for El Niño to persist through the winter (90 percent chance) and early spring (80 percent chance).

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