El Nino won't end California drought

March 9, 2015 2:32 PM

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El Nino won't end California drought

But the latest iteration of El Nino is rather weaker, and climatologists suggest its influence on weather patterns will likely be diminished. Researchers give the conditions a 50 to 60 percent chance of lasting through the summer.

"We're basically declaring El Nino," Michelle L'Heureux, a forecaster at NOAA, told Scientific American. "It's unfortunate we can't declare a weak El Nino."

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