September 29, 2023

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Experts herald the onset of El Nino, a weather phenomenon that can cause “extreme events.”

Experts herald the onset of El Nino, a weather phenomenon that can cause “extreme events.”

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced This Thursday is the start of El Nino, a weather phenomenon that affects the entire world Because its growth is favorable for extreme climatic events.

“Depending on your strength, El Niño can have a variety of impacts in some parts of the world, such as increased rainfall and drought risk.”NOAA climatologist Michelle L’Heureux said it could also result in record temperatures.

This event Occurs on average every 2 to 7 yearsand is characterized by warming of the surface of the equatorial eastern Pacific Ocean.

L’Heureux, “Climate change may increase or decrease some impacts related to El Niño. For example, El Niño may set new temperature records.”.

In May, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) predicted that the period 2023-2027 will be the warmest ever recorded on Earth. Under the combined effect of El Niño and global warming due to greenhouse gas emissions.

In general, El Nino moderates hurricane activity in the Atlantic but favors them in the Pacific, while La Nina, which has developed over the past three years, causes a drop in temperatures, NOAA explains.

In this vein, Australia warned this week that El Niño would increase temperatures in a country already vulnerable to bushfires, AFP news agency reported.

The event’s influence on the United States is weaker in the summer, but more pronounced from late fall to spring, NOAA said in its report.