El Niño Weather Pattern Could Hit California

There's a good chance California could get hit by El Niño later this year.  Mike Halpert, Deputy Director of the Climate Prediction Center at the National Weather Service, says they're forecasting a 50-percent chance of the weather phenomenon hitting this fall.

It would rise to 65-percent during the winter.  Effects of a typical El Niño in California would be warmer than average temperatures.  Meteorologists expect little influence of either El Niño or La Niña conditions this summer.

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