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'Optimism Is High' In The West As El Niño Strengthens

A map shows sea surface temperatures on July 28, 2015. El Niño is characterized by unusually warm temperatures in the Pacific and affects global temperatures and rainfall. (NOAA)
A map shows sea surface temperatures on July 28, 2015. El Niño is characterized by unusually warm temperatures in the Pacific and affects global temperatures and rainfall. (NOAA)

One thing is now almost certain – or as certain as it gets with forecasting and climate: El Niño is here to stay, at least through the fall, and most likely through the end of the year. Models show it’s been growing steadily stronger since the spring.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with Bill Patzert, climate scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech, about what the latest models are showing, and what we might expect from a strong El Niño year.

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