NOAA: ENSO-Neutral Expected into Summer

January 9, 2014 05:09 AM



The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says ENSO-neutral conditions persisted across the equatorial Pacific Ocean during December and showed very small changes during the month. The majority of models predict ENSO-neutral conditions continuing into the summer, although there is an increasing chance for the development of El Nino.


Crop watchers say movement toward El Nino would be a positive development for Midwest crops, as the warmer-water phenomenon is associated with increased rain chances during the growing season that would help mend the lingering central Corn Belt drought.


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