CPO's Climate Observation Division contributed to two new Ocean Today kiosk videos about El Niño and La Niña: "El Niño and La Niña Explained" and "Observing El Niño." COD contributed to the videos and Mike McPhaden, PMEL, served as the expert reviewer.
El Niño and La Niña Explained: It can be tough to understand how ocean surface temperatures can impact weather in your backyard. This short video will help demystify this important climate and weather phenomena.
Observing El Niño: Scientists use a wide array of emerging technologies to track and forecast the development of El Niño and La Niña months into the future. These forecasts help communities prepare for possible extreme weather.
Access the videos (and others) at: oceantoday.noaa.gov
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