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2009-02-04 16:36:01

A new study by researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) finds that warming and cooling cycles in the Indian Ocean may be responsible for Australia's major droughts. El Nino events in the Pacific Ocean have were previously thought responsible for the droughts, which over the past 120 years include the Federation drought (1895-1902), the World War Two drought (1937-1945), and the present drought (post-1995) -- the worst in 100 years.  However, the new research shows the...

2009-02-03 09:33:53

The Monsoon and Environment Research Group of Peking University submitted a report to Chinese Science Bulletin, recently, showed that regional summer monsoon rainfall in China can be predicted by 1-2 seasons ahead by using the signals of the sea surface temperature anomaly (SSTA) and the subsurface temperature anomaly (STA) in the central equatorial Pacific (CEP). Several new facts have been revealed as follows.(1)    The strongest center of SSTA along the equatorial Pacific...

2008-10-07 12:25:00

British scientists say they've found a "chemical equator" that divides Northern Hemisphere polluted air from the mostly uncontaminated Southern Hemisphere. University of York researchers said they discovered evidence of an approximately 30-mile-wide atmospheric chemical equator above the western Pacific Ocean. The scientists said their findings show, for the first time, that the chemical and meteorological boundaries between the two hemispheric air masses are not necessarily the same. They...

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2008-10-05 08:40:00

Scientists around the world are using everything from weather balloons to airplanes and even a yellow submarine to solve the intriguing climate conundrum of Peru, which is getting colder as the rest of the planet heats up. Hoping to better understand the complex dynamics of the southeastern Pacific, researchers from the U.S., Europe and South America began gathering vast amounts of data from clouds, the shoreline and deep underwater this week. The area hosts 20 percent of the world's fish...

2008-07-30 09:00:45

By Bill Scanlon Wheat is withering, hungry cattle are being sold to Kansas, and lawns and fields are browning as Colorado endures record heat and dry conditions that may be the continuation of a 10-year pattern. Denver is on pace to have its driest year in history, as a third consecutive La Nina weather cycle weakens storms headed for Colorado. And the end isn't in sight. After Tuesday's high of 93 degrees, and the rest of the forecast not changing much, it looks as if metro Denver...

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2008-01-28 12:38:08

The next time you have to raise your umbrella against torrents of cold winter rain, you may have a remote weather phenomenon to thank that many may know by name as El Niño, but may not well understand. Researchers now believe that some of the most intense winter storm activity over parts of the United States may be set in motion from changes in the surface waters of far-flung parts of the Pacific Ocean. Siegfried Schubert of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in...

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2007-02-28 09:04:21

WASHINGTON -- Forecasters warned Tuesday that a La Nina weather pattern - the nasty flip side of El Nino - is brewing, bringing with it the threat of more hurricanes for the Atlantic. Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the official end of a brief and mild El Nino that started last year. That El Nino was credited with partially shutting down last summer's Atlantic hurricane activity in the midst of what was supposed to be a busy season. "We're seeing a...

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2006-10-10 12:25:00

By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON - A weak El Nino under way in the Pacific Ocean should contribute to a mild winter for much of the United States, the National Weather Service reported Tuesday. "The strengthening El Nino event will influence the position and strength of the jet stream over the Pacific Ocean, which in turn will affect winter precipitation and temperature patterns across the country," Michael Halpert, lead forecaster at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center,...

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2006-05-03 15:50:00

NEW YORK -- An important wind circulation pattern over the Pacific Ocean has begun to weaken because of global warming caused by human activity, something that could alter climate and the marine food chain in the region, new research suggests. It's not clear what climate changes might arise in the area or possibly beyond, but the long-term effect might resemble some aspects of an El Nino event, a study author said. El Ninos boost rainfall in the southern United States and western South...

2006-03-03 08:28:47

GENEVA (Reuters) - Cool sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific point to a La Nina phenomenon, but it is too early to predict the impact on global weather, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday. The phenomenon was also not expected to last long, the U.N. agency said in a statement. Combined with other oceanic and atmospheric conditions, the temperatures were "consistent with the early stages of a basin-wide La Nina event," the WMO said. But...


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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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