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el Nino

a warm-water current which periodically flows south along the coast of Ecuador and which affects the climate throughout the Pacific; it is associated with the Southern Oscillation of the atmosphere. At approximately seven-year intervals the equatorial counter-current strengthens and warm surface waters cover the cold waters off Peru. This affects the plankton and fisheries adversely, causing poor breeding seasons for the seabirds.
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Newman and Wittenberg (2018) found that anomalously warm sea surface temperatures (SST) in the Nino-4 region (5[degrees]N-5[degrees]S, 150[degrees]E-150[degrees]W) of the central equatorial Pacific (CEP) during the 2015/16 El Nino were likely unprecedented and unlikely to have occurred naturally, thereby reflecting an anthropogenically forced trend.
Neutral' means the absence of both El Nino, which brings excessively dry conditions to the Philippines, and La Nina, which brings the opposite effect.
In 2014, the scientific community buzzed about the possibility of a super-sized El Nino as warm Pacific Ocean water sloshed eastward.
In fact, it was expected to get really warm a year ago but it fizzled out through last winter, but starting last spring, the temperatures right along the equator warmed up dramatically so we had a full blown El Nino.
Eastern and central tropical Pacific Ocean surface temperatures were more than 2 degrees Celsius above average in late 2015, providing evidence that the 2015-16 El Nino is one of the strongest on record, comparable with the 1997-98 and 1982-83 events.
El Nino conditions result in heavy rains, flooding, landslides, and tornadoes in greater than normal amounts because El Nino conditions drive abnormal amounts of moist warm air across North America.
A number of El Nino-Southern Oscillation indicators suggest that the 2015-16 El Nino has peaked and weather models predict it will decline in coming months, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said on its website on Tuesday.
With the coming El Nino rains, Golden State Lifeguards has been actively working with community groups, schools and other organizations urging them to take preparedness seriously.
But California and other drought struck areas better not count on El Nino rescuing them like in a Bruce Lee action movie, experts say.
Goldman Sachs said the El Nino phenomenon will put crops like cocoa, coffee, sugar and palm oil at risk.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration issued an official El Nino watch Thursday.
An El Nino occurs when warm water buried below the surface of the Pacific rises up and spreads along the equator towards America.