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NOAA: El Nino is 'too little, too late' for California drought
NOAA: El Nino is 'too little, too late' for California drought

El Niño is here, but don't expect the Pacific Ocean circulation phenomenon to do much for the drought afflicting California and the western U.S., forecasters said Thursday. "Unfortunately, this El Niño is likely too little, too late and too weak to provide much relief for drought-stricken California, as California’s rainy season is winding down," said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Halpert's comments came as NOAA, which runs the National Weather Service, announced that it had detected a weak "El Niño" phase to the cyclical oscillation of...

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