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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...

Global Warning Future Of El Nino
2013-10-14 13:08:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study published in the journal Nature says that climate change could have a negative impact on the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) weather pattern. El Niño occurs in the Pacific Ocean and is an important part of the world's climate system, and new research shows how rising temperatures could affect the weather pattern in the future. During El Niño, the eastern and tropical Pacific regions of the planet warm up, while...

2013-09-13 10:15:39

One tornado can be damaging enough; severe weather systems that spawn hundreds of deadly tornadoes in super-outbreaks pose special challenges to the scientific and emergency management communities. Now, scientists have identified certain conditions in the Pacific Ocean that may lead to super-outbreaks over the U.S.' tornado alley. Researchers are trying to determine if Trans-Niño years, which mark the onset or ebbing of El Niño and La Niña, are the main culprits behind the deadly...

La Nada Event In Pacific
2013-09-10 15:37:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Based on data from one of NASA’s orbiting satellites, experts at the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center have found near-normal sea-surface height conditions across the equatorial Pacific Ocean, indicative of a so called “La Nada” event. The weather experts added that the condition has persisted for 16 months, since spring 2012 and will continue through the spring of 2014. “Without an El Niño or La Niña...

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...

United States Experienced Hottest Year On Record In 2012
2013-01-09 04:04:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A mild winter followed by a long, sweltering summer with widespread drought made 2012 the warmest year on record for the continental United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Tuesday. The average annual U.S. temperature rose to 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit last year, one degree warmer than the previous record set in 1998 and 3.2 degrees warmer than the 20th century average, the federal...

New Trends In Climate Change Sweeping The Globe
2012-11-29 14:50:10

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The year is shaping up to be a warm one. A report released by the World Meteorological Association (WMO), the provisional annual statement on the state of the global climate, highlights a warming trend experienced during the first 10 months of 2102. The organization finds that despite La Niña occurring early in the year temperatures were the ninth warmest annually since records began in 1850. La...

Tropical Indo-Pacific Climate Changes To A More El Niño-like State
2012-11-15 11:57:55

University of Hawaii “‘ SOEST The Walker circulation determines much of the tropical Indo-Pacific climate and has a global impact as seen in the floods and droughts spawned by the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. Meteorological observations over the last 60 years show this atmospheric circulation has slowed: the trade winds have weakened and rainfall has shifted eastward toward the central Pacific. The immediate cause of this slowdown has puzzled climate...


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