How much more rain has el nino brought this year than we got last year at this time?



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         Not all areas receive more rain as a result of el nino. Some places, like the Pacific Northwest, actually get drier weather. However, this year’s el nino increased precipitation in many places and is probably responsible for the amount of snow the country has had this winter. It also alleviated drought in many parts of the United States. The International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University has put together a composite of the average precipitation changes around the world caused by el nino:

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