El Nino Prospects Reduced; Drought Returns To South/Southeast

U.S. weather and drought monitors have reduced their forecasts of the chance of an El Nino event this fall and winter and, separately, report the return of drought conditions to the South/Southeast regions of the country.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has revised downward their forecast of an El Nino event this fall and winter.  NOAA lowered its expectation of an El Nino event in the Northern Hemisphere in the coming months to 60-65 percent, down from 80 percent earlier.

The Drought Monitor reports that early stages of drought conditions have returned to parts of Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Carolinas.  The western U.S., especially California, is still suffering severe drought conditions.

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