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2009-09-28 11:27:57

Scientists say the eastern Pacific El Nino, which can shield the United States from severe hurricane seasons, may be reduced in effectiveness by global warming. There are two El Ninos, or flavors of El Nino, said Ben Kirtman, a professor at the University of Miami's Rosentstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. In addition to the eastern Pacific El Nino "¦ a second El Nino in the central Pacific is on the increase. El Nino is a recurring warm water current along the equator in...

2009-09-09 15:06:00

TIGER, Ga., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Pleasant Springs, Pure Mountain Springs Water, announced today they are offering their bottled water in the ENSO biodegradable bottle, the world's first truly biodegradable and recyclable PET plastic bottle. Pleasant Springs has been providing Pure Mountain Spring Water, since 1995. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090420/LA00682LOGO) Pleasant Springs is more than a bottled water company with a mission statement; they provide superior...

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2009-08-20 06:50:00

On Wednesday, the World Meteorological Organization said that an El Nino current now in the Pacific Ocean would last until 2010, promising unpredictable disruption in weather patterns around the world. The WMO said that in June and July, sea surface temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific area were about 0.5 to one degree Celsius warmer than usual at this time of the year. "The expectation is for El Nino conditions to very likely prevail through the remainder of 2009 and into the...

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2009-07-16 11:35:00

Establishing a key link between the solar cycle and global climate, research led by scientists at the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., shows that maximum solar activity and its aftermath have impacts on Earth that resemble La Niña and El Niño events in the tropical Pacific Ocean.The research may pave the way toward predictions of temperature and precipitation patterns at...

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2009-07-09 13:07:15

On Thursday government scientists said that periodic warming of water in the tropic Pacific Ocean, also known as El Nino, has returned, which will affect weather around the globe. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say that the Pacific had been in a neutral state, but the sea surface temperature rose to 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit above normal along a narrow band in the eastern equatorial Pacific in June. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center said that...

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2009-07-02 14:00:00

Scientists are now saying that El Nino may have two personalities.They've known for a long time that the warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean affects weather around the world. However, researchers now say it may come in two forms with different impacts.A new study suggests that El Niño may be causing not only a greater number of hurricanes than in average years, but also a greater chance of hurricanes making landfall. Climatologists at the Georgia Institute of Technology...

2009-06-26 08:05:52

The El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon has been shown to have a significant effect on the results of the Ashes cricket series. When the series is held in Australia, the Australian Cricket team is more likely to succeed after El Nino years, while the England cricket team has a historically better record following La Nina years (the opposite phase), according to a study published today in Weather.ENSO is the largest mode of interannual climate variability in terms of globally...

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2009-06-11 09:31:43

Chronology of growth rings from tropical Australia compiled for the first time Annual rings are acclaimed in representing natural climate archives. For the temperate latitudes it is known that the growth of these annual rings depend mainly on temperature and precipitation. In the tropics, however, with only slight seasonal variations, the correlation is not so evident. Now scientists of the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences and their colleagues of the Australian National University...

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2009-03-24 11:45:00

A 1918 El Nino event may have been much more intense than experts previously considered, according to new research. Ben Giese and his colleagues of Texas A&M University used computer models to show the 1918 El Nino was almost as strong as that of 1982/83 and 1997/98, which resulted in deaths, lost crops and infrastructure damage. An El Nino is associated with floods, droughts and major economic damage worldwide. It is the result of intense warming that extends over the tropical Pacific....

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2009-02-05 17:19:13

The U.S. Climate Prediction Center (CPC) said on Thursday that La Nina weather will remain until spring of this year, but should gradually weaken during that time. "A majority of the model forecasts ... indicate a gradual weakening of La Nina through February-April 2009, with an eventual transition to neutral conditions," said the CPC, an office under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in its monthly update. La Nina, which literally means "little girl" in Spanish,...


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Climate Impact On Your Budget For Billings Montana
2012-12-29 12:40:14

If you live in or around Billings, Montana the above graph shows you what you can roughly expect when it comes to heating and cooling your house during the ENSO Phases. In Billings during a normal phase of the ENSO your heating degree days pass 900HDD. However, when El-Nino phase is present the monthly average dropped to around 650.5HDD, which is a pretty significant amount especially when you are talking about paying that heating bill. When the La-Nina phase sets up the heating degree...

ENSO Impacts on Baltimore Tornado Count
2012-12-29 12:12:03

ENSO has an impact on the severe weather across the United States.  As we look at the above graph we see that the area of Baltimore is impacted by ENSO and its tornado count. The stats are for the described years to the left of each bar. During a La-Nina the tornado count picks up for the region; within 50 miles of the city up to 9 tornadoes occurred during the 2000 event. The 2010 EL-Nino set into the region and the tornado count dropped to around 4 tornadoes within 50 miles of the...

Climate Impact On Your Budget For Bismarck, North Dakota
2012-09-18 13:29:03

If you live in or around Bismarck North Dakota the graph shows you what you can roughly expect when it comes to heating and cooling your house during the ENSO Phases. Bismarck North Dakota, with its northern latitude, does have an impact on what type of heating and cooling it sees. During an Normal Phase the HDD for the region hits about 1348 on average. When the region enters into an El-Nino they can expect the amount of HDD’s to decrease to around 970 which really helps cut down on the...

ENSO Effects On Ocean Waters
2012-09-14 11:46:45

The above graph highlights how the ENSO has an impact on water temps. Northern Gulf of Mexico during EL-Nino: The first part of March during this EL-Nino cycle saw water temps in the 56-60F range, while the 8-14th saw water temps warm to the 60-64F range. By the third week of March temps had maintained 60-64F. The last week of March the temps dropped back to around 56-60F. Northern Gulf of Mexico during LA-Nina: The first week of March saw water temps approach the 70-72F range, by the...

Winds Impacted By The Cycles Of ENSO
2012-09-03 16:44:02

When it comes to wind, more and more people are turning to it as alternative option for electricity. One has to wonder what kind of impacts would be created by the different cycles of ENSO. The above graph has been done for Boston MA. The month of choice was to run it for March of all three cycles. Normal Cycle: (When we are in between EL-Nino and La-Nina) winds averaged around 0-5mph 9% of the month of March. While 6-10mph average winds occurred more often with 35%. And then winds in the...

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