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El Niño: 2014 Looking Like 1997
2014-05-21 03:21:35

Dr. Tony Phillips, Science@NASA [ Watch The Video: ScienceCasts: El Niño – Is 2014 The New 1997? ] Every ten days, the NASA/French Space Agency Jason-2 satellite maps all the world's oceans, monitoring changes in sea surface height, a measure of heat in the upper layers of the water. Because our planet is more than 70% ocean, this information is crucial to global forecasts of weather and climate. Lately, Jason-2 has seen something brewing in the Pacific—and it looks a lot like...

El Nino Forecast A Sign Of Relief For Drought-Stricken Californians
2014-03-07 10:37:54

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online California residents plagued by drought just got some good news from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): El Niño is coming – maybe. El Niño is a weather-generating phenomenon based on the surface water temperatures off the western coast of South America and NOAA’s long-range forecast has said there is about a 50-50 chance that it will form this summer or fall – potentially bringing wetter weather to the...

What Makes El Niño Taimasa Different From Normal El Niño?
2014-02-20 12:41:02

University of Hawaii During very strong El Niño events, sea level drops abruptly in the tropical western Pacific and tides remain below normal for up to a year in the South Pacific, especially around Samoa. The Samoans call the wet stench of coral die-offs arising from the low sea levels "taimasa" (pronounced [kai' ma'sa]). Studying the climate effects of this particular variation of El Niño and how it may change in the future is a team of scientists at the International Pacific Research...

Global Warming Expected To Increase Extreme El Niño Events
2014-01-20 04:34:22

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new analysis of rain patterns has revealed that extreme El Niño events, such as the 1983 heat wave that caused Australia’s Ash Wednesday bushfires, will double as the planet warms in the years ahead. “We currently experience an unusually strong El Niño event every 20 years. Our research shows this will double to one event every 10 years,” study co-author Dr. Agus Santoso, a professor at the University of New South Wales...

Strong Correlation Between Asian Summer Monsoon And The Climate Pattern That Preceded It
2013-04-24 10:13:28

University of California, San Diego For much of Asia, the pace of life is tuned to rhythms of monsoons. The summer rainy season is especially important for securing the water and food supplies for more than a billion people. Its variations can mean the difference between drought and flood. Now a Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego-led study reports on a crucial connection that could drastically improve the ability of forecasters to reliably predict the monsoon a few months...

2012-05-24 19:12:03

Climate variability associated with El Niño was associated with higher mortality for eggs and hatchlings of the critically endangered leatherback turtle, an effect that could be worsened by continuing global climate change, according to research published May 23 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The El Niño Southern Oscillation brought dryer, warmer conditions to northwest Costa Rica, one of the major nesting sites in the area. The researchers, led by Pilar...

Image 1 - 50-million-year-old Clam Shells Hint At Future Of El Niño Phenomenon
2011-09-20 04:44:31

  Earth warming will presumably not lead to a permanent El Niño state in the South Pacific Ocean. This is the conclusion drawn by an international team of researchers after it investigated 50-million-year-old clam shells and wood from the Antarctic. The growth rings of these fossils indicate that there was also a climate rhythm over the South Pacific during the last prolonged interglacial phase of the Earth´s history resembling the present-day interplay of El...

2010-01-12 13:45:16

Introduction Large-scale weather patterns which occur in various locations around the Earth, from the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in the tropics to the high latitude Arctic Oscillation (AO) play a significant part in controlling the weather on a seasonal time scale. Knowing the condition of these atmospheric oscillations in advance would greatly improve long-range weather predictions. Scientists search for clues in the earth's surface conditions such as tropical...

2009-09-29 10:36:26

September has been the calmest month for tropical storms since 1997, largely because of the weather pattern known as El Nino, Florida meteorologists said. Just two systems in September were strong enough to be named -- Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Fred. September, historically, is the most active storm month, averaging four named storms, including two hurricanes, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Tuesday. El Nino's storm-suppressing wind shear held down the number of storms...

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...


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