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El Niño Might Thwart Hurricane Season

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Last month's Tropical Storm Debbie formed earlier than most big storms, and that had some people worried about this year's hurricane season. But El Niño may be coming to the rescue.

You've probably heard of El Niño. It's that weather phenomenon where parts of the Pacific Ocean warm up...and change the weather all across the United States.

Weather forecasters are saying El Niño may be forming out in the Pacific right now.

If that happens, Bay News 9's meteorologist Juli Marquez said, "it may prevent as many storms or hurricanes from forming or intensifying."

If it develops later, El Niño might not have much of an effect on hurricanes. Instead, it "would mean more rain or perhaps more stormy days during what we would typically expect to be our dry season during the winter time."

Even though El Niño can prevent hurricane and storm formations, that doesn't mean it can get rid of them entirely for the season.