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El Nino brings weather extremes to U.S.


A weather expert says the current slow-moving storm system that is bringing blizzard conditions to the plains and mild temperatures elsewhere is bringing welcome moisture to places that need it.

Meteorologist Matt Makens tells Brownfield in mid-December, the atmosphere started to show a pattern typical of an El Nino, drawing storms away from the Pacific Northwest, Canada, the Gulf Coast and the Eastern Seaboard. “And now what we’re kind of doing is trying to bring that northern flow of storms to the south of it, so they’re going to favor the Southwest, the southern plains, Colorado, Kansas, those kind of places.”

Makens says this weather system is hitting much of the plains including a lot of wheat and pasture ground before those areas have firmed up and frozen.

El Nino brings weather extremes to U.S.