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When deciding if a snow event qualifies as a federal disaster, FEMA considers, among other things, how the event compares to previous snowstorms in the historical record. After spending a week going through those records, NECI's Deke Arndt talks about why snow can be the most difficult kid in the climate schoolroom. 

Map of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific, January 2016

Climate.gov's new ENSO page provides information on the current status of El Niño and La Niña, plus links to forecasts, maps, and videos from across NOAA that help explain the impacts of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation on the U.S.

How likely is a La Niña the year after an El Niño, and in particular after a strong one like this year's? IRI's Tony Barnston analyzes the history of ENSO behavior since 1950 for a possible answer. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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The United States has plenty of warming wiggle room before it gets too warm to snow, and a wetter atmosphere may boost snow totals for some storms.