This combo of images provided by NOAA, shows the three-month temperature, left, and precipitation forecasts for the U.S. Forecasters say this winter El Nino is about to leave a big wet but not necessarily snowy footprint on much of the U.S., including parched California. (NOAA via AP)

(Bloomberg) — A strong El Nino across the equatorial Pacific may be peaking.

Most forecast models predict the El Nino will continue through the Northern Hemisphere’s winter before starting to fade in the late spring, according to the U.S. Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said earlier this week that some El Nino indicators are showing signs of easing, indicating the phenomenon is near its peak, although sea surface temperatures are still near record highs.

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