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This image provides an unmistakable view of the El Niño conditions being formed

The Rise of El Niño in 1 Swell Image (via Climate Central) By Brian Kahn Follow @blkahn El Niño gawkers, rejoice. A new set of imagery provides an unmistakable view of the El Niño conditions that appear to be developing. On Tuesday, NASA’s Earth Observatory released a map showing ocean heights…

El Nino more than 50 percent likely by summer, forecaster says

The chances have increased over the past month that the much-feared El Nino phenomenon, which has the potential to wreak havoc on global crops, would strike by summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the federal U.S. weather forecaster said Thursday. In its monthly report, the Climate Prediction Center, an agency of…

El Niño return threatens global food production

The El Nino weather pattern that can trigger drought in some parts of the world while causing flooding in others is increasingly likely to return this year, hitting production of key foods such as rice, wheat and sugar. El Nino – the Spanish word for boy – is a warming…

Tree rings reveal El Niño linked to climate change

Tree rings reveal El Niño tied to recent global warming (via The Christian Science Monitor) Every seven years – or sometimes every two years, or maybe four years – El Niño turns a bucket of rainfall over eastern South America, sending floodwaters cascading over coastal Ecuador and typhoons spiraling into…

Scientist predict only 10 named hurricanes during 2012 Atlantic season

The number of 2012 Atlantic hurricanes will be below average this season due to a cooling of tropical waters and the potential development of El Nino conditions, US forecasters said Wednesday. The Colorado State University forecast team predicted 10 named storms during the hurricane season from June 1 to November…

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