Media Teleconference: NOAA climate forecaster to discuss status of El Niño

January 12, 2016 NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center will host a media teleconference to discuss its regular monthly update to the El Niño outlook this Thursday, January 14, at 11 a.m. EST.

El Niño developed in March 2015 and is now tied with the 1997/98 episode as the strongest on record, dating back to 1950. El Niño is influencing weather and climate patterns this winter. In CPC’s December update, forecasters predicted El Niño would peak in winter and gradually weaken through spring 2016.

Strong El Niño events are characterized by warmer ocean temperatures in the Pacific Ocean at the Equator of at least 1.5 degrees Celsius above normal.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is the nation’s official source for the U.S. Seasonal Outlook, U.S. Drought Outlook, and the El Niño/Southern Oscillation Diagnostic Discussion.  

WHO: Mike Halpert, deputy director, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center
WHAT: NOAA’s monthly El Niño outlook update; Media teleconference: Brief remarks followed by Q&A
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, 11:00 a.m. (EST)
Questions and answers
HOW: Teleconference Phone-In:
Domestic: 517-308-9131
International: 888-603-9071
Passcode: 3284577

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