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  • Here comes El Nino; good news for U.S. weather woes

    Enrique Lagunas digs a trench to redirect water toward a street in Laguna Beach, Calif., in March 1998, after heavy rains from an El Nino storm hit Southern California. On Thursday, the U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration announced its prediction of an El Nino warming of the central Pacific Ocean in 2014 that will change weather worldwide. Orange County Register file photo

Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 4:04 pm | Updated: 6:02 pm, Thu Mar 6, 2014.

WASHINGTON — Relief may be on the way for a weather-weary United States with the predicted warming of the central Pacific Ocean brewing this year that will likely change weather worldwide. But it won’t be for the better everywhere.

The warming, called El Niño, is expected to lead to fewer Atlantic hurricanes and more rain next winter for drought-stricken California and Southern states, and even a milder winter for the nation’s frigid northern tier next year, meteorologists say.

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