Sea Surface Temperatures (SST) continue to be monitored closely in the Central and Eastern Pacific Ocean. The water temperatures remain well above average, indicating a strong El Nino persists.
Scientists still anticipate this to be one of the strongest El Nino on record. This forecast and it’s forcasted impacts remain unchanged. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center favors cooler and wetter weather for the Southern Tier states with above-average temperatures most likely in the West and across the Northern Tier.
Most of the models used by the scientists at NOAA are in agreement that the strong EL Nino will peak this winter followed by a transition to the neutral phase during late spring.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Monica Cryan