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El Niño declared, rain may increase, feds say
El Niño declared, rain may increase, feds say

Federal weather watchers on Thursday said the Pacific Ocean current oscillation known as El Niño has formed, raising the prospect of a moderate increase in rain for the U.S. West Coast. The development is unlikely to have a drastic effect on the drought conditions in Southern California and elsewhere in the West, according to officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which issued the El Niño update. “Based on the persistent observations of above-average sea surface temperatures across the western and central equatorial Pacific Ocean and consistent pattern of sea level pressure, we can now say that El Niño is here,”...

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