STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER El Nino Fixation
The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) released an updated winter forecast last Thursday. Most of the year they were forecasting a higher than normal probability of a warmer than average winter, but with... Posted on 11/16/12 at 12:22 PM
Since the beginning of May, precipitation conditions across South Dakota have changed generally for the better, becoming quite wet in certain areas of state, said Dennis Todey, South Dakota State University Extension climate specialist and South Dakota climatologist. "During the month of May, some places in the west have seen three to four times the precipitation they had seen since January.”
Indonesia's president could be forced to backtrack on promises to curb rice imports, with analysts saying the country may ship in as much as 1.6 million metric tons of the staple grain this year because of soaring prices at home and the threat of a strong El Nino.
The El Niño climate phenomenon is almost certain to last through the Northern Hemisphere summer, the U.S. weather forecaster said, raising the chance of heavy rain in the southern United States as well as South America, and scorching heat in Asia that could devastate crops of thirsty food staples like rice.
SINGAPORE - In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia. Food prices surged. A closely watched forecast by Japan on Tuesday confirmed its return this year.
SINGAPORE - In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia. Food prices surged. A closely watched forecast by Japan will confirm its return this year as all but certain now.
SYDNEY - Climate indicators are nearing levels associated with an El Nino weather event, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday.
Pacific Ocean sea temperatures now exceed El Nino thresholds, the bureau said, while trade winds have weakened over the last few weeks - suggesting coupling between the ocean and atmosphere may be occurring.
El Nino, or a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific, can prompt drought in Southeast Asia and Australia and heavy rains in South America, hitting production of food such as rice, wheat and sugar.
But that’s at odds with National Weather Service predictions Americans, you might want to check on your sweaters and shovels — the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a cold winter for many of you. The almanac’s forecast, however, is at odds with the National Weather Service, which is calling for warmer-than-normal temperatures across much of the country because of an El Nino system in the tropical Pacific Ocean
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