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El Nino to affect winter weather

October 17, 2009|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Midwest and Northern United States are likely to get a warmer winter this year, while the Southeast can expect just the opposite: cooler and wetter conditions.

In Thursday's winter outlook, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that an El Nino weather event -- warming in parts of the Pacific that affects weather worldwide -- would be a major player in America's winter temperatures. Some places, such as the Northeast and California, could go any which way on temperatures.

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