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Wild Weather Linked To El Niño Marks Year's End06:16

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A local rows his boat through a flooded street in Concordia, Entre Rios province, Argentina, on December 29. Over recent days the storms blamed on the "El Niño" weather phenomenon have killed four people in Brazil and two in Argentina. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)closemore
A local rows his boat through a flooded street in Concordia, Entre Rios province, Argentina, on December 29. Over recent days the storms blamed on the "El Niño" weather phenomenon have killed four people in Brazil and two in Argentina. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

NASA warned today that the effects of the current El Niño could be just as bad as 1998, the strongest on record.

El Niño brings warm waters from the central Pacific toward north and South America. The phenomenon has been linked to floods and unusually warm temperatures in the northern hemisphere.

Here & Now's Robin Young asks BBC meteorologist Peter Gibbs to put it all into perspective for us.

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