El Niño is a climate pattern that occurs in the Pacific Ocean and can have significant impacts on weather patterns around the world.

One of the effects of El Niño is an increase in precipitation in some parts of the world, including the western United States.

However, El Niño can also lead to drought conditions in other parts of the world, including the western United States.

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During El Niño years, the jet stream shifts southward, which can cause storms to bypass the western United States and lead to drought conditions.

The severity of drought conditions during El Niño years can vary depending on a number of factors, including the strength of the El Niño event and other weather patterns.

In recent years, the western United States has experienced severe drought conditions, which have been linked to climate change and other factors.

Understanding the relationship between El Niño and drought patterns in the western United States is important for predicting and preparing for future drought events.

Scientists and policymakers are working to develop strategies for mitigating the impacts of drought in the western United States, including improving water management and conservation practices.

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