13 Fre­quent El Nino

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

In 1997-98, when El Nino de­vel­oped in the Pa­cific, it was called the worst of the last cen­tury ("Winds of change", De­cem­ber 1-15, 1997). The weather event caused se­vere drought, for­est fires and crop loss in sev­eral coun­tries ("Global havoc", De­cem­ber 1-15, 1997). Sci­en­tists were clue­less about the ex­tent of dam­age it could cause. Since then, El Nino has dev­as­tated the world five times, each time caus­ing drought in In­dia. Weather sci­en­tists con­tinue to be clue­less about the weather phe­nom­e­non and fail to ac­cu­rately fore­cast it ("Pray be­fore you sow", July 1-15, 2014).

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