Dec 15, 2015

El Niño, explained: A guide to the biggest weather story of 2015

Brad Plumer
Warm episode relationships. Image: NOAA
Warm episode relationships. Image: NOAA

The El Niño currently brewing in the Pacific is shaping up to be one of the strongest ever recorded...El Niño has already helped make 2015 the hottest year on record — and might well do the same for 2016..."Our scientific understanding of El Niño has increased greatly in recent years. However, this event is playing out in uncharted territory," said [the WMO's Michel Jarraud]. "This naturally occurring El Niño event and human induced climate change may interact and modify each other in ways which we have never before experienced"