U.S. Climate Prediction Center News

La Nina Expected to Linger All Winter

Looks like a potentially market-roiling La Nina will last through the new year, threatening to bring a colder, snowier winter to the northern U.S., drought to Latin America’s soybean-growing regions and rain to Australia’s coal mines. The odds of the …

Will 2016 See More Atlantic Hurricanes? Scientists Disagree

This summer and fall, the Atlantic Ocean might become a testing ground for competing scientific theories. After decades of warmth, there’s evidence that the ocean is cooling, a change that could mean fewer of the hurricanes that wreak havoc on …

FACTBOX: Meteorologists Predict 2016 Hurricane Season Will Be More Active

Early forecasts from meteorologists suggest the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season will be more active than normal, partly because of the expected end of the El Niño weather pattern in the next few months. Weather forecasters have linked the El Niño …

El Niño Helps Create Another Record Year for High Temperatures

El Niño is the Earth’s hot, exhaling breath. At least, that’s one way of thinking about it. The blast of heat from deep within the Pacific Ocean will do more in 2015 than just disrupt weather worldwide. It will push …

Current El Nino Strengthening But Its Ranking Will Have to Wait

The El Nino raising temperatures across the Pacific and roiling global weather patterns is poised to make the record books, but anyone who tells you which position it will take could be much mistaken. The best tool for measuring the …

El Nino Expected to Peak at Year’s End

El Nino will peak around the end of the year as warming sea temperatures in the Pacific Ocean may exceed those seen during the record event almost two decades ago. Recent oceanic and atmospheric indicators are at levels not seen …

Latest U.S. Forecast Sees Stronger El Nino into 2016

The Pacific Ocean’s weather-changing El Nino will probably last into 2016 and be stronger than previously forecast, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center says. El Nino, a warming of the equatorial Pacific, has a 90 percent chance of lasting into next …

El Nino Now 85% Likely to Last Through Winter: U.S. Climate Forecasters

The odds that a weather-changing El Nino will last until the Northern Hemisphere’s next winter are increasing, though it’s too early to say if it will provide drought relief across California, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center said. There is an …

El Nino May Develop by June; Australia Issues Alert on Tropical Pacific Ocean

An El Nino may develop by June, according to Australia’s state forecaster, which upgraded its outlook for the weather-altering pattern to Alert. Ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean continue to be warmer-than-average, trade winds remain weaker-than- average and all …

El Nino Forecasts Flop as Puzzled Scientists Search for Answers

When it comes to El Nino, 2014-15 may be the years that launched a thousand academic papers. Since last March, forecasters have said an El Nino was on the way. The only trouble is, it hasn’t arrived. Call it the …