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El Niño strengthens. Hope for serious drought relief?
El Niño strengthens. Hope for serious drought relief?

El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean that were first identified in March are strengthening, federal scientists said Thursday, renewing hope that the next winter could be a long-awaited wet one for California. The weather phenomenon intensified from “weak” in April to “weak-to-moderate” in May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said. Officials said there is now an 80% or greater chance that El Niño conditions will persist through the latter part of the year — up from more than 60% in April’s forecast. A strong El Niño that lasts deep into the winter and into next spring...

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