Wednesday, February 28, 2007

La Nina Coming Back?

Scientists with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center announced this week that it appears El Nino is fading and we may be transitioning into a La Nina phase. El Nino and La Nina describe interactions between the ocean and atmosphere that can affect weather patterns across the globe. Warmer ocean waters in the tropical Pacific typically signifies an El Nino pattern, and the cooling of those waters represents La Nina.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic basin is just one of the weather patterns that can be affected by El Nino and La Nina. During an El Nino year, there are typically fewer hurricanes in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. However, during a La Nina year we usually have a more active hurricane season.

You can read more by clicking to NOAA's recent press release on La Nina --

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