El Niño won't disrupt north's summer

2013-05-09 20:16
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New York - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Thursday the latest data confirmed its forecast that El Niño was unlikely to cause extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere throughout the summer and into winter.

The key US weather forecaster's Climate Prediction Centre said in a monthly report most El Nino indices were near zero throughout April and ocean temperatures remained near average.

The phenomenon known as El Niño heats up tropical oceans in East Asia, sending warm air into the United States and South America, often causing flooding and heavy rains.

It can also trigger drought conditions in Southeast Asia and Australia, regions that produce some of the world's major food staples, such as sugar cane and grains.

Current predictions indicate little impact from El Niño is likely into the second half of the Northern Hemisphere summer.

The weather centre also said it expected a neutral El Niño outlook for the Northern Hemisphere into winter, but its confidence in the extended forecast was low.

"There is still low confidence in the forecasts for the latter half of the year, partly because of the so-called spring barrier," which historically impedes forecasts between March and May, the centre said. However, confidence in the forecasts will rise over the next few months, it said.

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