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El Niño promises U.S. relief

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WASHINGTON — Federal forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific Ocean this year that will change weather worldwide. And that’s good news for a weather-weary United States.

The warming, called an El Niño, is expected to lead to fewer Atlantic hurricanes and more rain next winter for drought-stricken California and Southern states, and even a milder winter for the nation’s frigid northern tier next year, meteorologists say.

Globally, it can mean an even hotter year coming up and billions…

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