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El Nino, which causes the worst droughts, may be pronounced this year, say reports
EL NINO, the weather phenomenon that has caused this century's worst droughts across the world, may be pronounced this year. The Bureau of Meteorology, Australia, confirmed that there is a 70 per cent chance of El Nino, meaning "the little one" in Spanish, happening this year. All international climate models monitored by the bureau indicate that ocean temperatures in the Tropical Eastern Pacific, one of the 12 marine realms that cover the shallow oceans of the world, continue to be warmer than average. Trade winds are also weaker than normal and all weather models point to further ocean warming. The tropical Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures are at present just shy of El Nino levels, indicating that there is a strong possibility of it happening.
In India, this weather phenomenon is historically related to severe drought. For the farmers who are yet to recover from a deficit monsoon last year and the damages from the unseasonal winter rains, this is worrying news.