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Meteorologists: El Niño Will Likely Bring More Storms To Arizona

The El Niño weather pattern is continuing to strengthen. Meteorologists in Arizona said the warming waters in the Pacific Ocean will likely result in more hurricane activity as the fall season sets in.

Ken Waters, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix, said later on in the year it will likely bring in more moisture from the Pacific and change the route it typically travels into the Valley.

"Instead of having more typical winter storms dropping down the Pacific coast from the north, we can have more of a direct hit of storms coming across Southern California," Waters said.

Forecasts indicate this El Niño pattern will likely be strong in nature. According to the National Weather Service, there have only been three strong El Niño seasons since the agency started tracking them.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.