Articles tagged "el nino"

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Amazing high-resolution animation examines powerful 1997/98 El Niño

An amazing high-resolution animation of the largest historical El Niño has been produced by the scientists from the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) and the ARC Center of Excellence for Climate Science, Australia. A detailed animation which took 30...

December 14, 2016

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WMO's ENSO Update: Weak La Niña may develop

A La Niña event may develop in the third quarter of this year, but it is likely to be weak, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported in its ENSO Update published July 28, 2016. The event is not expected to match up to the moderate to strong La...

July 28, 2016

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NASA's El Niño new animation study compares the 1997/98 and 2015/16 phenomenon

NASA's scientists produced a new animation showing the 2015 El Niño event unfolding the Pacific Ocean. Observed changes in the sea surface temperature (SST) vary greatly from those typical for the 1997/98 phenomenon; they are stronger and deeper. The La...

February 27, 2016

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BOM: 2015-16 El Niño has peaked

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reports that a number of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) indicators suggest the 2015-16 El Niño has peaked in recent weeks. "Tropical Pacific Ocean temperatures suggest this event is one of the top three...

January 05, 2016

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Missouri in a state of emergency, major to historic river flooding expected

December 2015 is one of the worst months of weather on records for the United States, with some areas not seeing a break in rainfall for several weeks. Currently, 17 million people are living in areas with flood warnings. Although the storms are now gone, the...

December 30, 2015

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New research reveals El Niño pattern in contradiction with top climate models

An international team of scientist has conducted a study of fossil corals and mollusk shells from the Pacific Ocean which has shown there is no link between the strength of seasonal differences and El Niño. This discovery seems to cast a shadow of doubt on...

December 16, 2015

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NASA ready to observe 2015/16 El Niño in unprecedented details

The periodical El Niño weather phenomena, known to affect the climate of our planet every few years, causing and enhancing extreme weather patterns, has already received a lot of attention this year, and will be better observed from space than any other El...

October 21, 2015

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2015 maximum sea ice cover lowest recorded since 2008

The sea ice cover of the Southern Ocean reached its yearly maximum extent on October 6, 2015. Sea ice cover at its maximum has spread across the area of 18.83 million square kilometers (7.27 million square miles), which puts it both on the 22nd lowest and 16th...

October 16, 2015

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A reinforced El Niño bringing dry weather to Australia

A strong El Niño continues to persist in the tropical Pacific Ocean, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reported on October 7, 2015. At the same time an emerging positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is contributing to strengthening the phenomenon, causing a...

October 07, 2015

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Odds keep rising for a big El Niño in 2015

El Niño has arrived, it’s getting stronger, and it’s not about to go away soon. And already there are rumblings that this could be a big one. El Niño in Australia means warmer temperatures, and sometimes, but not always, drier conditions.In

August 11, 2015

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The 2015 El Niño well established, continues to strengthen

The 2015 El Niño is now well-established and continues to strengthen, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reports today. International climate models surveyed by the BOM all indicate that El Niño will continue to strengthen, and persist into early 2016.

August 04, 2015

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New research links 2 000 years of data recorded in stalagmites to tropical storms, floods and El Niño events

Research team led by Rhawn Denniston, professor of geology at Cornell College, has applied a new research technique on the stalagmites in the Australian topics to create a 2 200 year long record of flood events. The new research might help to predict future climate chan

July 12, 2015

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State of emergency issued for 14 regions in Peru as El Niño conditions strengthen

As the 2015 El Niño climate phenomenon continues to strengthen, a 60-day state of emergency was issued for 14 regions in Peru, to beware of possible damage that could result from the event, confirmed Juan Benites, the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation.The El

July 08, 2015

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El Niño intensified by the tropical cyclone activity over the western Pacific

The 2015 El Niño event is likely to enhance over the following couple of weeks, as a result of strong tropical cyclone activity, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). The US Climate Prediction Centre and The National Centers of Environmental

July 07, 2015

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El Niño in the tropical Pacific continues to strengthen

The El Niño in the tropical Pacific continues to strengthen, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reports today. International climate models surveyed by BOM indicate sea surface temperatures will remain well above El Niño thresholds at least into the

May 26, 2015

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The fickle El Nino of 2014

Prospects have been fading for an El Niño event in 2014, but now there's a glimmer of hope for a very modest comeback. Scientists warn that unless these developing weak-to-modest El Niño conditions strengthen, the drought-stricken American West shouldn

October 04, 2014

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Study reveals economic impact of El Niño

El Niño has a significant impact on the world and local economies - and not always for the worst - and countries should plan ahead to mitigate its effects, according to a new Working Paper from the University of Cambridge.The paper, Fair weather or foul: the

July 14, 2014

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Impacts of El Niño and La Niña on the hurricane season

Researchers have found that instances of Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes are usually reduced during an El Niño year. 2014 hurricane season just started and there is a strong potential for El Niño to develop during the next few months.El

June 08, 2014

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Super strong El Niño in 2014?

Conditions in the Pacific Ocean continue to suggest that a super strong El Niño might be forming in 2014. Strong bursts of winds coming out of the west in the equatorial tropical Pacific replaced the easterly winds and ocean surface currents, which

May 22, 2014

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Sea surface temperatures at the start of hurricane season

The official start of hurricane season is June 1, though four named tropical storms in May - Alberto and Beryl in the Atlantic, Aletta and Bud in the Pacific - came little earlier. These early home-grown storms are not necessarily a predictor of the August to October

May 31, 2012

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La Niña is back

La Niña is defined as cooler than normal sea-surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific ocean that impact global weather patterns. La Niña conditions recur every few years and can persist for as long as two years.A sea surface anomaly, or

November 02, 2011

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Scientists claim that Earth is not expanding

Since Darwin's time, scientists have speculated the planet might be expanding or contracting. Even with the acceptance of plate tectonics half a century ago, which explained the large-scale motions of Earth's outermost shell, the accusations persisted; some Earth and

August 17, 2011

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El Nino will get more extreme

El Niño and La Niña are the warm and cold phases, respectively, of the pattern known as the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in the eastern half of the tropical Pacific. Forecasting how this pattern will behave a few months in advance is now...

May 18, 2011