Tag Archives: La Niña

Another El Niño on the way?

In the waters of the far-eastern equatorial Pacific – close to the South American coast – sea-surface temperatures are beginning to rise, prompting some climate scientists to believe the world could be heading for another El Niño in close succession … Continue reading

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How the moods of the changeable Pacific influences global temperatures

The warm and cool phases of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in the tropical Pacific are part of the largest climatic phenomenon on earth with the greatest impact on our weather. Since mid-May 2015 until May 2016, ENSO was … Continue reading

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Met Office predicts slightly above-average Atlantic hurricane season

The Met Office is predicting that the most likely number of tropical storms to form in the Atlantic between June and November will be 14 according to its long-range Atlantic tropical storm forecast for 2016 released today. There is a … Continue reading

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If the world has another record warm year, will everywhere be warmer?

Across the world 2015 was the hottest year on record. When compared with the long-term average between 1850 and 1900, the temperature was around 1C warmer. This increase is mostly the result of long-term warming linked to greenhouse gases, but … Continue reading

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El Niño and its impact on global weather

Forecast centres around the world have now declared that an El Niño, the most powerful fluctuation in our climate system, has begun in the tropical Pacific. For more than a year, scientists have been talking of an increased risk of … Continue reading

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Global average temperatures continue to warm

As the second day of negotiations gets underway at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) published its review of the climate of 2011 at a press conference this morning. With observations collated … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: 26 January 2010

La Niña and its continuing impact on the worlds weather and its impacts elsewhere continues to be of interest. The Telegraph reported that La Niña is a danger to the economic recovery in which Dr Rob Allen provided some detail … Continue reading

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2010 – a near record year

The Met Office and the University of East Anglia have today released provisional global temperature figures for 2010, which show the year to be the second warmest on record. With a mean temperature of 14.50 °C, 2010 becomes the second … Continue reading

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La Nina: in graphics

The images below show the tropical pacific at times of La Nina conditions and times of neutral conditions. Under La Nina conditions, the sea surface temperatures are cooler across the eastern tropical pacific, and as a consequence the atmospheric circulation is pushed further west.  The … Continue reading

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