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El Niño Watch issued, how it could affect Oklahoma’s weather


OKLAHOMA CITY – Experts are already looking ahead to the possibility of El Niño occurring and what that means for Oklahoma.

An El Niño watch was issued earlier this month after officials noticed conditions were favorable for El Niño to develop within the next six months.

“According to the Mesonet, many experts believe it could be a strong El Niño, which would be important for the Sooner State” said KFOR Meteorologist Aaron Brackett said. “A weak or moderate El Niño would lower the chances for precipitation. In the past, a weak storm would bring dry weather to the state, especially during the fall.”

Officials stress that conditions are always changing but they are keeping an eye on what happens in the ocean to see how it affects our chances for rain later this year.