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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.

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