13 Frequent El Nino
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).