Nov 16, 2015

El Niño Strengthening, Will Be among Biggest on Record, WMO Says

Kiritimati
Kiribati
by
Tom Miles
,
Scientific American
El Niño conditions normally reach maximum strength between October and January, then persist through much of the first quarter. Image: NOAA
El Niño conditions normally reach maximum strength between October and January, then persist through much of the first quarter. Image: NOAA

The El Niño weather pattern, a phenomenon associated with extreme droughts, storms and floods, is expected to strengthen before the end of the year and become one of the strongest on record, the U.N. weather agency said on Monday... "[This] event is playing out in uncharted territory. Our planet has altered dramatically because of climate change, the general trend towards a warmer global ocean, the loss of Arctic sea ice and of over a million sq km of summer snow cover in the northern hemisphere," [WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud] said