Arab Times

El Nino pattern could emerge:



The El Nino weather pattern, associated with warmer and wetter weather than usual that may give rise to damaging conditions, could emerge by the 2018-19 Northern Hemisphere winter, with neutral conditions expected to prevail through November this year, a US government weather forecaster said on Thursday.

The last El Nino warming of ocean surface temperatur­es in the eastern and central Pacific that typically occurs every few years, was linked to crop damage, fires and flash floods in 2016.

The possibilit­y of a transition to El Nino weather-pattern is nearing 50 percent by the 2018-19 Northern Hemisphere winter, the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) said in its monthly forecast. El Nino Southern Oscillatio­n (ENSO) neutral conditions are favored through September-November this year, it added. ENSO-neutral refers to those periods in which neither El Nino nor La Nina is present, according to CPC. (RTRS)

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