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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.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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38 on the reactivation of the El Nino Task Force was signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Aug.
DSWD's Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center reported that a total of 455,444 families or 2,208,504 persons from 30 provinces have been affected adversely by El Nino.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia has issued an executive order constituting the Task Force El Nino, with him leading the body as chairperson.
'Initial damage to farms from El Nino hits P150M,' Business-Mirror, March 4, 2019).
'As per Pagasa advisory, they said it is weak El Nino however because of the dry season it may strengthen from weak to moderate,' said Roy Jose Pascua, focal person of the Disaster Risk and Reduction Management of the Department of Agriculture XI.Last February, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) announced the occurrence of weak El Nino in the country and just this month, they have officially declared the start of the dry season in the Philippines.
The likelihood of an El Nino event happening in the next three months is higher than 80%, forecasters from theMet Officesaid, with South East Asia under threat of severe drought and other regions facing heavy rainfall.
Timmermann and colleagues studied climate observations and performed El Nino computer model simulations with varying configurations for ocean currents, wind currents, and temperature.
Citing latest data of the World Meteorological Organization, Ana Liza Solis, officer-in-charge of PAGASA's climate monitoring and prediction section, said most models showed gradual warming of the tropical Pacific, eventually reaching a possible weak El Nino level by the fourth quarter of 2018.
In 2014, the scientific community buzzed about the possibility of a super-sized El Nino as warm Pacific Ocean water sloshed eastward.
When ocean temperatures along the equator in the Pacific Ocean are extremely warm, we call that climate anomaly an El Nino," notes climatologist Dave Gutzler, professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
They say "A snake is a snake!", and the same can be said of El Nino. While the phenomenon may have differing effects on different parts of the planet, El Nino years can never really be considered good.