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Yet another new hottest year on record: 2016
reader comments 28 Share this story As climate scientists predicted as early as late 2015, the final tally shows that last year has once again claimed the unfortunate distinction of warmest year on record,...
So Long, El Nino; Hello, La Nina
The monstrous El Nino weather pattern dubbed "Godzilla" by NASA (the U.S. space agency) is dead, scientists declared Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the El Nino has ended,...
"Godzilla" El Nino is over; is La Nina on its way?
This year's monstrous El Nino, nicknamed "Godzilla" by NASA, is dead. It heated up the globe, but didn't quite end California's four-year drought.In its monthly update Thursday, the National Oceanic and...
Current El Niño’s strength due partly to an earlier fizzle
Dan Pisut/NOAA NNVLEl Niño and La Niña may have diminutive names, but anyone who keeps an eye on climate news or weather reports knows their impact around the globe isn’t small. Like a mythical two-faced...
El Niño weakens, here comes La Niña, meteorologists say
WASHINGTON -- Following an epic El Niño, federal meteorologists say its flip side, La Niña, is around the corner.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center on Thursday...
Scientists Blame El Nino, Warming for 'Gruesome' Coral Death
The coral on the South Pacific sea floor around Kiritimati looked like a boneyard in November — stark, white and lifeless. But there was still some hope. In April, color returned with fuzzy reds and browns,...
NASA: February Was Most Abnormally Warm Month Ever
Global surface temperatures in February were 1.35 degrees Celsius warmer than average, according to new data released by NASA. The rise, which is compared against the baseline average from 1951 to 1980,...
Mystery wind drought that cut US wind power in 2015 is back
No more than a gentle breezeDavid Sucsy/GettyThere’s a still in the air – and it is bad news for North America’s wind turbines. Last year saw the lowest average wind speeds in half a century across much...
El Nino will worsen dengue outbreaks this year, experts fear
MUMBAI: Climatic scientists fear that the extreme intense El Nino this year will bring about a dengue epidemic in early 2016. The El Nino -dengue effect will be worst in Southeast Asia, said a new study...
El Niño seems to have smashed 1997 record in past three months
El Niño can harm marine lifeCultura RM/Richard RobinsonThe evidence is in: we seem to be living though the most extreme of extreme weather events. Last year, New Scientist reported early indications that...
2015 was officially the hottest year on record
Outlet glacier Hoffellsjökull as seen in Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður National Park in southeast Iceland. Due to climate change, Hoffellsjökull glacier has retreated a considerable distance, and a deep glacial...
NOAA: "A lot going on" with El Niño
This winter's unusually powerful El Niño -- already blamed for big storms on the West Coast and freakishly warm weather in the East -- still has a lot more life in it, meteorologists say.The latest update...
Los Angeles River banks to be raised for El Nino
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin work next week to temporarily raise the banks along nearly three miles of the Los Angeles River to improve flood protection during El Nino storms, officials...
Unusual January tropical storm forms southwest of Hawaii
An El Nino-related tropical storm has formed southwest of Hawaii, only the third such system to develop in January in over 40 years. Tropical Storm Pali was about 1,400 miles southwest of Honolulu as...
Scorching effect of record-breaking El Niño
Compare the pair: El Niño 1997 and 2015 — The white areas indicate higher sea levels relating to the phenomenon which has led to wet weather in the US and drier conditions in Australia. Picture: NASA IT...
"Ready, set, here comes El Niño"
CALIFORNIA -- For the West Coast, the El Niño is both a blessing and a curse.El Niño has already hit California's mountains. The latest snow-pack survey found five feet of snow in the Sierras, a welcome...
Drought-stricken California braces for El Niño
LOS ANGELES -- Four El Niño-fueled storms are bearing down on California. But the impact of the climate phenomenon is already being felt around the world.The significant snow pack measured in California's...
NASA: The worst of El Nino is still to come
NASA says this year's El Nino "shows no signs of waning," and its biggest impact on the U.S. is expected to hit early in the new year. The latest satellite imagery suggests the current El Nino is on track...
NASA: US Could Feel El Niño's Effects in Early 2016
NASA says the United States could soon feel the possibly chaotic effects of the weather phenomenon known as El Niño. The U.S. space agency is warning this year's El Niño could be as powerful as the one...
El Niño and a polar vortex behind deadly US tornadoes
Tornadoes rip through USLaura Buckman/AFP/Getty Weird, deadly weather is pounding the US. A cluster of tornadoes have swept through northern Texas and the Midwest in the past week, bringing snow, floods...
Record El Nino, climate change drive extreme weather
Aerial view of Paysandu harbor as Paraguay is hit by floods on December 27, 2015 Deadly extreme weather on at least five continents is driven in large part by a record-breaking El Nino, but climate change...
How El Niño is ruining Christmas
Seawater temperatures indicating the El Niño effect, the warming of the Pacific Ocean that has upset weather patterns for much of the world this Christmas. HALF the world might be humming along to the...
El Nino has effects all the way to the edge of the atmosphere
El Niño conditions thicken the ionosphere. Credit: Karin Hauck The warm El Niño conditions affecting weather around the Pacific Ocean are also affecting conditions in space, according to UC Berkeley scientists....
How NASA sees El Nino effects from space
This winter, weather patterns may be fairly different than what's typical—all because of unusually warm ocean water in the east equatorial Pacific, an event known as El Niño. Because of El Niño, California...
Urgent aid needed to fight 'super' El Nino: Oxfam
Honduras has been hit by a major drought in 2015 caused by El Nino climate phenomenon, a band of unusually warm Pacific ocean temperatures, which in the past has been linked to numerous floods, droughts...
This winter's El Nino is not backing down
This year's El Nino is staying unusually strong, and forecasters say it's still expected to bring a wet winter to drought-stricken California.In an update Thursday, Mike Halpert of the National Oceanic...
El Nino remains strong; wet California winter expected
This year's El Nino is staying unusually strong, and forecasters say it's still expected to bring a wet winter to drought-stricken California. In an update Thursday, Mike Halpert of the National Oceanic...
Incredibly strong El Niño still developing, bringing surge of winter warmth
El Niño reached a record weekly high in mid-November and hasn't let up since.NOAAAfter setting a record for a single-week period in mid-November, El Niño has continued to produce record warm temperatures...
Massive El Niño sweeping globe is now the biggest ever recorded
The current extreme El Niño is now the strongest ever recorded, smashing the previous record from 1997-8. Already wreaking havoc on weather around the world, the new figures mean those effects will probably...
Hottest. Year. Ever.
The UN weather agency says 2015 could be the hottest year on record due to climate change and El Nino. The effects of a warm 2015 have been felt in places such as this cattle station in Hughenden in Queensland....
Meteorologist lifts the fog surrounding El Niño
Based on the latest information from a San Francisco State University meteorologist, now may be a good time to stock up on rain ponchos, rubber boots and umbrellas. The overall consensus among scientists,...
How bad will this El Nino be? Worse than you may think
Much of the discussion about the fear that the current El Niño will turn out to be even worse than the devastating 1997-1998 El Niño neglects a crucial fact. Today's El Niño is unfolding over a world...
Powerful El Nino playing out in 'uncharted territory,' WMO says
The El Nino weather pattern, a phenomenon associated with extreme droughts, storms and floods, is expected to strengthen before the end of the year and become one of the strongest on record, the U.N....
El Nino likely to strengthen, bring more wild weather
El Niño is likely to strengthen by the end of the year, potentially bringing more precipitation than usual to much of the United States.This year's El Niño is among the strongest since 1950, according...
El Niño reaches record level for a single week period
A key benchmark region for El Niño had a weekly average temperate 3.0 degrees Celsius above normal, topping the previous mark set in 1997.Jan Null/Golden Gate WeatherThere are different ways of measuring...
British winter could feel longer and colder because of El Nino
“This winter we’ll see a wet and windy start but we could see a cold snap in the latter half of the season.” Interactive: El Nino weather The weather phenomenon happens when ocean temperatures in the...
WMO: El Nino Strengthening, Will Be Among Biggest on Record
The current El Nino weather pattern, a phenomenon associated with extreme droughts, storms and floods, is expected to strengthen before the end of the year and become one of the strongest on record, the...
El Nino worst in over 15 years, severe impact likely: UN
The "El Nino" phenomenon, which sparks global climate extremes, is this year the worst in more than 15 years, the UN weather agency said Monday, warning it was already causing severe droughts and floo...
What comes after the ‘Godzilla’ El Niño?
Meteorologist Dick Whitaker explains what La Nina means for Australian weather over the next decade. A La Niña weather event, which brings above-average rain, could be one of the things that steps in once...
El Nino threatens to wash corpses from Peru graveyard
A view of the Plaza de Armas main square of Peru's northern city of Trujillo, 500 km north of Lima Lawmakers in Peru warned that the extreme weather system El Nino is threatening to wash hundreds of corpses...
El Niño forces king penguins to swim 130km further for fish
Where did all the fish go? Strong climatic events, such as this year’s El Niño, can force king penguins to travel further in search of fish, threatening their very survival. Following the 1997 El Niño...
Feds: Californians in Flood Areas Should Buy Insurance Now
With a strong El Nino in place, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging Californians in flood prone places to buy insurance before it's too late. FEMA deputy associate administrator Roy Wright...
El Nino to cause 80 percent rise in East Africans needing aid: UN
Ethiopia is an especial concern, with the number needing food aid rising from 2.9 million at the beginning of 2015 to 8.2 million today, with some 15 million people likely to need aid by early next year,...
NASA studying 2015 El Nino event as never before
Every two to seven years, an unusually warm pool of water—sometimes two to three degrees Celsius higher than normal develops across the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean to create a natural short-term climate...
El Nino brings rain to California but won't end drought
Torrential rain has triggered chaos in parts of the US West Coast region in recent days The El Nino weather phenomenon is likely to drench California for some time to come and trigger floods, but it still...
As monster El Niño looms, the world rushes to get ready
El Niño is encouraging the development of tropical cyclones across the Pacific. This image from 2 September shows a typhoon (Kilo), a hurricane (Jimena), a tropical storm (Ignacio) and a tropical depression...
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