Super El Niño Chances Now About 50/50 - Videos from The Weather Channel
Forecast models show odds of a "Super El Niño" have increased to around 50% for this winter.
A Super El Niño is classified as an event with sea surface temperatures at least 1.5°C above average.
This type of extreme El Niño could have widespread global impacts on weather patterns.
Parts of the U.S. may see warmer and drier conditions while the Pacific Northwest gets wetter.
South America could experience drought while heavy rains threaten Australia and Asia.
A strong El Niño increases the chances of severe storms in the Pacific and hurricanes in the Atlantic.
Agriculture, tourism and government planners should watch forecasts closely for potential effects.
Scientists will be carefully monitoring ocean temperatures and other factors for signs the El Niño will indeed be "super-sized".
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