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El Niño Means It’s Warmer Than Usual. Take Away the El Niño? That’s Warmer Than Usual, Too.

January 26, 2016 by Eric Simons

The focus on 2015's record heat conceals a larger truth: cool years are increasingly unlikely.

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It Hasn’t Been A Textbook El Niño Winter So Far — But That Could Change

January 19, 2016 by Les Rowntree

The forecast for rain for 2015-2016 followed El Niño convention. But the pattern broke the rules.

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Warm El Niño Water Meets a North Pacific Already Disrupted By The Blob

December 16, 2015 by Drew Baldwin and Eric Simons

Scientists still aren't sure what to make of what's happened in the Pacific Ocean this year.

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El Niño Update: It’s Going to Rain (Almost Certainly, Probably)

October 02, 2015 by Les Rowntree

The forecaster mood and message is upbeat these days, with less hedging and more agreement that, yes, this El Niño winter could be a wet one.

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Why’s It Called El Niño, and How Did Scientists Figure Out What It Is?

September 15, 2015 by Julia Busiek

The explanation for El Niño has been revealed only slowly, piece by piece over a century, as dedicated researchers in far-flung locations searched for explanations for the droughts and deluges they witnessed.

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Today in El Niño Advice: Don’t Worry About The Blob

September 01, 2015 by Eric Simons

The Pacific Ocean is the hottest we've ever seen it. What that means -- or doesn't -- for the coming El Niño.

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El Niño’s Here. What Does That Actually Mean?

August 25, 2015 by Les Rowntree

Two strong historical El Nino wet winters nurture hope for relief from our current drought. But there are several good reasons to hedge about the coming winter.

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In Tough Year for Seals and Sea Lions, Rescue Center Works Overtime

August 12, 2015 by Melanie Hess

In a normal year, The Marine Mammal Center rescues around 600 animals. It's only August, and they're way, way past that number.

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Why’s It So Hot If There’s No El Niño?

January 23, 2015 by Eric Simons

It's hot. And the next El Niño will likely blow away even 2014’s temperature record, locally, statewide, and globally.

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In An Unusual Year for Upwelling, Research Cruise Keeps an Eye on Marine Sanctuaries’ Rich Life

September 29, 2014 by Jason Jaacks

For the past decade, the Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies expedition has monitored the ocean waters just west of the Bay Area. Recently, researchers took the boat in search of krill, the base of California's marine life.

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