NOAA Scientists Declare El Nino To Last Until 2024

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the ocean warming known as El Nino could extend until 2024. It was informed that the El Nino phenomenon happens every two to seven years and is defined by warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the Central and Eastern Pacific Oceans around the equator.

Michelle L’Heureux, scientist at NOAA’s Center for Climate Prediction said this event could be felt globally. She said an El Nino could have a variety of impacts, such as increasing the risk of rainfall and drought in certain locations around the world.

NASA satellites spotted the first signs of an El Nino that forms in March and April, during which the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean move east towards the west coast of South America. Michelle explained that average air temperatures tend to be higher in El Niño years than in other years, with far-reaching consequences for global weather patterns. This is exacerbated by the effects of climate change

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The emergence of an El Nino this year could help push global temperatures into uncharted territory and contribute to global warming across the 1.5 degree Celsius threshold five years down the line.


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