Feb 18, 2016

We've Passed Peak El Niño — But Many More Months of Extreme Weather Is Likely

California
Canada
Mexico
India
Indonesia
USA
by
Matt Smith
,
VICE News
Indonesia's forest fires were particularly bad this year and El Niño was likely a contributing factor. Photo: Fully Handoko,EPA)
Indonesia's forest fires were particularly bad this year and El Niño was likely a contributing factor. Photo: Fully Handoko,EPA)

It was supposed to be one of the few bright spots about this year's phenomenon — a break in the epic drought that has gripped California and large chunks of the western United States for several years. And it has helped a bit, but not as much as hoped. "There has been quite a bit that is unusual about this El Niño," Pennsylvania State University climatologist Michael Mann said. "It has actually been somewhat disappointing from the standpoint of California rainfall and snowfall totals"