El Nino News

El Niño Strengthens as Pacific Temperatures Show Same Trend as ’97-’98

The El Niño taking hold across the Pacific strengthened, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, citing indexes of sea surfaces temperatures that showed the same trend for the first time since the event in 1997-1998. All five NINO indexes, averaged over the …

El Niño Likely to Last Through Northern Hemisphere Summer: U.S. Forecaster

The El Niño climate phenomenon is almost certain to last through the Northern Hemisphere summer, the U.S. weather forecaster said, raising the chance of heavy rain in the southern United States as well as South America, and scorching heat in …

El Nino Emerges; Asia-Pacific Region Faces Months of Disruptive Weather

In 2009, the El Nino brought the worst drought in four decades to India. It razed wheat fields in Australia and damaged crops across Asia. Food prices surged. A closely watched forecast by Japan on Tuesday confirmed its return this …

El Nino May Develop by June; Australia Issues Alert on Tropical Pacific Ocean

An El Nino may develop by June, according to Australia’s state forecaster, which upgraded its outlook for the weather-altering pattern to Alert. Ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean continue to be warmer-than-average, trade winds remain weaker-than- average and all …

NOAA: No Spring Drought Relief for California, Nevada, Oregon

Californians facing a fourth year of drought conditions – and some other parts of the West – shouldn’t count on any relief in the coming months. In California this doesn’t bode well for chances of a mild wildfire season, and …

Chances of El Nino More Likely After Tropical Cyclones: Australia Meteorologists

The chances of an El Nino weather pattern developing this year are increasing as tropical cyclones may lead to further warming of the Pacific Ocean, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said. Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam and tropical storm Bavi, which rates …

El Nino Forecasts Flop as Puzzled Scientists Search for Answers

When it comes to El Nino, 2014-15 may be the years that launched a thousand academic papers. Since last March, forecasters have said an El Nino was on the way. The only trouble is, it hasn’t arrived. Call it the …

Most Popular Insurance Journal International Stories of 2014

Listed below are 10 of the most popular articles that appeared in the international section on Insurance Journal in 2014 in no particular order: Somali Pirates Driven Off in First Attack of 2014 –  After this first setback, it was …

Texas Could Face Wet, Early Spring Due to Weak El Nino

The weather pattern that’s weaker than hoped for but still expected to bring some rain to Texas this winter could persist into early spring, a weather forecaster said. As Texas still tries to recover from its driest year ever in …

Australia Raises El Nino Warning for Tropical Pacific

Australia raised an El Nino warning after the Pacific Ocean showed renewed signs of the pattern that can bring drought to parts of Asia and heavier-than-usual rain to South America. Climate models suggest current conditions will persist or strengthen, prompting …