Will El Niño end the Southwest’s megadrought?

The U.S. Southwest has been in a drought since 2000 — actually, it has been the area’s driest interval in 1,200 years. Many researchers have labeled this exceptionally dry interval a “megadrought.”

On the similar time, an “exceptionally sturdy” El Niño occasion is now 95% probably to final by way of no less than February 2024, Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists predict. On condition that this ocean-warming occasion sometimes brings moist climate to the Southwest, might an finish to the megadrought lastly be in sight?