California's Coast in an El Niño Year

In California, El Niño often results in warmer ocean temperatures, which can have a number of effects, including impacts to kelp, the amount of nutrients in the surface ocean, and the movement of species. El Niño events occur once every 3 to 8 years and with varying strength. NOAA is predicting a very strong El Niño through early 2016.

CeNCOOS, Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System, unveiled a new data visualization tool for visitors to explore changing temperatures and compare them to previous years. The portal also includes updates from regional experts on the 2016 El Niño, including links to online resources for learning more about the phenomena.  Access the portal here >