NOAA Declares El Niño, But Spring Impacts To Colorado Uncertain

CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – After weeks of monitoring for the potential development of El Niño, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared an active episode on Thursday.

El Niño is a warming of sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial waters of the Pacific Ocean which can have an impact on global climate patterns.

Government forecasters say while they except El Niño to remain weak, there’s a 50-60 percent chance that it could last into the summer.

NOAA scientists say a weak El Niño typically has no widespread or significant global impacts, but say some places in the Northern Hemisphere could see localized affects.

During El Niño episodes, the storm track across the United States tends to shift south during the spring and summer, bringing the chance for increased precipitation to much of the west.

In Colorado, conditions tend to be wetter and warmer-than-average.

With the current episode being…

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