A Super El Niño sounds more like a bad Spanish-language daytime soap opera plot twist than a real threat to humanity, but if Superstorm Sandy and Super Typhoon Haiyan taught us anything at all, it’s to take storms with the word “super” in the name very, very seriously.
The term “El Niño” refers to a pattern of unusually warm water stretching across the surface of eastern equatorial Pacific that occurs every few years. The effects of climate change could be accelerating and strengthening the El Niño climate patterns, producing effects that include extreme weather (such as floods and droughts) in many regions of the world. This leaves developing countries that are dependent upon agriculture and fishing, particularly those along the Pacific Ocean, as the nations most dramatically impacted.
A “super” one, then, is probably bad. Brian Khan, from Climate Central, has more on the coming wave of El Niños, below. Enjoy!
By Brian Kahn Follow @blkahn The question of how global warming will influence El Niño has been a challenging one for scientists to answer. A new study suggests while the overall number of El Niños is unlikely to increase, particularly strong “super…
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