Science: Adios, Maybe, to El Ni

The freakish spate of global bad weather could be ending

The radio signals that arrived in Washington, D.C., last week from weather satellites drew a rapt audience of oceanographers and meteorologists. Reason: the transmissions showed that a villainous, once-in-a-century temperature rise in the waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean, which scientists blame for a costly year of cockeyed weather around the globe, has finally begun to disappear.

El Niño, a reference to the Christ Child, is a warm current of equatorial water that usually appears off the coast of South America around Christmas. Its impact on annual weather patterns is generally minor. But...

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