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El Niño means New York could be seeing a surprisingly warm winter

Written by
Kristen Zwicker

If yesterday's 70 degree weather really freaked you out, you ain't seen nothing yet, baby. This year welcomes the arrival of what meteorologists are calling a "Godzilla" El Niño.

As you may recall, El Niño is an irregular weather pattern characterized by warmer temperatures near the equator in the Pacific. What does that mean for New York City? A winter that is warmer (yay!) and wetter (ugh) than usual.

Apparently this year's El Niño deserves being likened to a giant radioactive reptile because it's one of the largest on record. And that's not all, according to National Weather Service New York's Bill Goodman, "The problem is not just Godzilla—we also have King Kong to worry about." (Is anyone else tired of this metaphor yet?) He's referring to snowfall in Siberia, which historically predicts how much snow will hit the Northeast. He adds that we'll likely see a big storm in February, right around the time when New Yorkers have typically all but lost the will to live. But, seeing as this winter is shaping up to be mild, who knows, we just might be up for a challenge.

h/t DNAInfo

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