Strong El Niño conditions will likely persist well into next year, but speculation that the event could shatter records may be premature.
There is an 80 percent chance the weather phenomenon—which causes unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific—will continue through the Northern Hemisphere's spring next year, according to an update Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center. While some recent models have suggested El Niño could become the strongest on record, those concerns may be overplayed, according to Mike Halpert, deputy director of the CPC.
"We're favoring a strong event, but we're certainly not favoring a record event," he said.
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