A strong El Nino event could mean a mild winter for Illinois according to forecasters. State Climatologist Jim Angel says the latest models show December through February will be warmer and drier than average, due to the growing El Nino effect caused by warming waters in the Pacific Ocean.

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The last two significant El Nino events in Illinois were in 1997-1998 and 1982-1983, which also caused winter temperatures to stay well above average.

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