In this week's Beyond the Data blog, NCEI's Deke Arndt explains how comparing a record-setting warm streak from 2015 to one in 1944 is like comparing the tallest player in the NBA to the tallest kid in 2nd grade.

Where are my El Niño impacts?!

In the midst of the mega snowstorm bearing down on the East, NCEI's Deke Arndt looks longingly back at December's warmth in his latest Beyond the Data blog. 

Was El Niño to blame for the above-average temperatures during November and December 2015?  As always, the answer is not that simple.  

Few places on Earth are more strongly affected by El Niño than the Galápagos Islands, which straddle the equator in the eastern tropical Pacific. Guest blogger Kris Karnauskas explains why these unique islands are so biologically productive—and what happens to that productivity during El Niño. 

With multiple sea surface temperature datasets come questions. What are they all for?

Warmer-than-average waters in the tropical Pacific are expected to reach their peak soon. How has El Niño affected global weather so far this year?

How have past El Niños affected U.S. winter temperature and precipitation, and what are NOAA's predictions for this strong El Niño winter of 2015-16? Guest blogger Mike Halpert gives us the scoop.

The peak of El Niño is expected to arrive soon after peak pumpkin spice latte season. What are some of the winter weather effects seen during past El Niños?

NCEI's Deke Arndt blogs about how El Niño—like an erratic bartender—doesn't always bring the country the seasonal climate we'd expect.

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