Weather experts predict rainier Texas winter

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The same El Nino (NEEN'-yoh) that's led to a calmer hurricane season is expected to bring a wetter, colder winter to Texas and the southern United States.

That's according to weather officials, who say El Nino weather patterns could help ease the Texas drought that's caused more than $3.6 billion in crop and livestock losses since late 2008.

But National Weather Service forecasters also warn of increased chances of flooding and more snow than usual in Texas this winter.

They say the more weather information people have, the more resilient they'll be.

El Nino is the periodic warming of the central Pacific Ocean.

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