The new climate outlook prepared by the U.S. Climate Prediction Center and Columbia University’s International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate & Society predicted the odds @ 65% for a more violent hurricane season.

Like El Nino, La Nina can cause a significant influence on global weather conditions. It is possible the upcoming transition from El Nino to La Nina will be quick, slightly favoring La Nina developing this summer, according to Emily Becker, a scientist @ the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) in Maryland.

If La Nina kicks in early enough, it will likely allow for more active hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean compared with 2015. La Nina is characterized by cooler-than-average ocean conditions, where as El Nino events are recognized by unusually warmer ocean temperatures.

According to the CPC, there have been 14 La Nina event since 1950, while El Nino events have occurred 23 times during the same period.

Not every El Nino event is followed by a swing to La Nina conditions. However the CPC stated that some strong El Nino’s have been succeeded by major La Nina events, as occurred after the 1997-98 El Nino.

The cutting down of our last rainforests in Asia (Indonesia), Africa (Congo) and South America (Brazil) contribute to changing weather patterns. One square acre in Brazil has more plant diversity than the entire European continent all together.

The destroyed land of the rainforests are mostly used for agricultural modified commercial designs, which in return are responsible for higher global food prices. / Crickey Conservation Society.


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