For instance, it would likely bring heavy rain to California this winter, which, with much of the state in extreme drought, could definitely be seen as good news. (Via KGTV)
Plus tropical storm activity in the north Atlantic could be somewhat suppressed, meaning fewer deadly hurricanes. (Via The Weather Channel)
But here comes the bad news: Meteorologists say, as of right now, the Pacific is acting a lot like it did prior to the 1997-98 El Niño, which threw weather systems into chaos and made 1998 an unusually hot year.
Those rains in California? They could take the state from one extreme to the other and spawn widespread flooding. (Via CNBC)
And different scientists told New Scientist and Wired that a strong El Niño event might make 2014 or 2015 the hottest year on record.
But while areas like Australia and Central and South America prepare for drought and Southeast Asia prepares for heavy rains, most of the U.S. can take comfort in calls for a warm, dry winter - - a far cry from the plague of polar vortexes we just experienced.