March 31, 2010

El Nino Reaching Its Peak

On Tuesday, weather experts said that El Nino has peaked and would probably disappear by mid-year.

"The most likely outcome by mid-year 2010 is for the El Nino event to have decayed and near-neutral conditions to be re-established across the tropical Pacific," World Meteorological Organization expert Rupa Koumar Kolli told the AFP news agency.

El Nino is a weather anomaly that wrecks havoc around the Pacific and east Africa.  It is an occasional seasonal warming of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean that upsets normal weather patterns from the western seaboard of Latin America to east Africa.

The UN weather agency said El Nino may have peaked in November or December.

However, the effects of the climate phenomenon should still be felt through April to June.

"This is because impacts on many climate patterns both close to and remote from the Pacific, can occur even during the decay phase of an El Nino event."

According to Kolli, this year's El Nino had a major impact in extreme climate events like monsoons in southeast Asia and drought in southern Australia.

The Philippines warned in February that its farming industry could lose about $433 million because of a drought caused by El Nino.

In America, El Nino was blamed for blizzards across the U.S.

Brazil saw heat waves due to the weather change and Mexico saw flooding. 


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