"There's nothing left," said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the US Climate Prediction Center. "It's over".
The phenomenon, which began in March 2015, warmed the planet to levels never seen before, caused droughts in Africa, India and Latin America, the bleaching of Coral reefs in Australia and Florida, floods in various regions of the United States, But the drought in California didn't alleviate much, as had been expected.
However, the recently concluded El Niño was one of the three largest recorded, along with those of 1997-1998 and 1982-1983.
Earth is now in the neutral phase of the El Niño natural cycle, which includes its cooler counterpart, La Niña, but don't expect that to last.
The Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a 50% probability that La Niña will end by the end of the boreal summer and a 75% probability by the end of the fall.
La Niña generally causes more hurricanes in the Atlantic.
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