Weather forecasters for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say this summer's strong El Nino could mean much warmer than normal temperatures for New York during the winter for 2015.

An El Nino means that water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean near the Equator are warmer than average. During years that El Nino is in effect, dramatic changes can occur in the weather patterns of North America.

BusinessWatch.com reports,

While the effects of El Niño can vary, it generally brings low air pressure to the Eastern Pacific, possibly providing needed rain to the U.S. West Coast, while air pressure would likely rise in the Western Pacific and Indian oceans, probably diminishing precipitation there.

In the Great Lakes states, like Upstate New York, we may expect to see warmer temperatures and less precipitation in the form of snow.

Beautiful Summertime View of Pixley Falls Near Boonville

[NOAA.gov, h/t MLive]