WASHINGTON -- Federal meteorologists are proclaiming the end of the super-sized El Nino that further heated up the globe, but didn't quite end California's four-year drought.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the El Nino has ended, 15 months after its birth in March 2015. El Nino is a natural warming of parts of the central Pacific that changes weather worldwide.

NOAA Climate Prediction Center deputy director Mike Halpert says this El Nino triggered droughts in parts of Africa and India and played a role in a record hurricane season in the Pacific. It also added to man-made warming, as Earth has had 12 straight record hot months.

Halpert said this will go down as one of the three strongest El Ninos on record, along with 1997-1998 and 1982-83.