The El Niño of 2019 is dead. Sea-surface conditions across the tropical Pacific have returned to their non-El Niño state. However, this news is likely a lot less meaningful than it sounds.

El Niño has been only one of many large-scale, global weather patterns to have influenced our weather over the past few months and, in this case, its impacts have been overshadowed by several other global connections.

For example, last winter's soft opening was classic El Niño stuff, but then that pattern was overwhelmed by the big disruption in the polar vortex during the winter's more memorable second half. Sometimes, El Niño causes a weakening of upper level winds in the Atlantic basin, which could give the fall hurricane season a boost.

However, there are typically few, if any, impacts of El Niño to our Northern Plains weather in late summer.

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