The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] has announced the long-predicted El Niño for this year has finally arrived. But it doesn't look quite like we thought it would.
Despite last year's predictions that we could see a weather event that might rival the incredibly powerful El Niño of 17 years ago, the actual conditions we're seeing are surprisingly mild.
NOAA describes the system as both "weak" and unlikely to have much immediate influence. Still, with researchers predicting that El Niño hanging around through the summer, there could be a few visible effects (like some extra rain) coming down the pipeline as the season continues.