Publication Date January 20, 2016

Monster El Niño probed by meteorologists

El Niño has sent heavy rains to California this year. Photo: Joel Angel Juárez, AP

“We’re seeing an extreme climate state — one that we know tends to produce extreme climate conditions worldwide,” says Randall Dole, lead scientist on the project and a meteorologist with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colorado. “We’re going right into the heart of that.”