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    Long-Awaited El Niño Finally Forms

    Reports have shored up. The climate phenomenon triggered by warmer waters in the Pacific was made official by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration yesterday. El Niños usually bring wet weather across the southern U.S. and drier conditions in the Midwest, and this event may be to blame for recent West Coast storms, which are expected to last through spring.

    What calamities await? This oceanic cycle isn’t expected to have a significant impact on global weather — though a weak El Niño, while suppressing storms in the Atlantic, could boost tornadoes in the Midwest and hurricanes in the Pacific.

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