El Niño takes place in the Pacific Ocean and has the power to affect weather patterns around the world; an especially intense El Niño event is thought to be partly responsible for the famously high surface temperatures of 1998.
Scientists are in broad agreement that an El Niño this year is underway, but its effects are notoriously hard to predict. Two scientists came to the SMC to address questions such as:
Prof. Adam Scaife, Head of the Monthly to Decadal Prediction Group at the Met Office Hadley Centre
Prof. Eric Guilyardi, Professor of Climate Science at the University of Reading