Chart of the day: Something is different in the air
Possible return of El Nino is a puzzle
This is a chart of El Nino patterns. Generally, the phenomenon of warm Pacific water currents happens around once every 10 years.
The El Nino in 2015-2016 follows that pattern.
Where it gets weird is that it hasn't been followed by La Nina, which is the opposite -- a cooling of ocean currents. In previous cases of El Nino, it was followed by years of La Nina. This time, there was only a weak La Nina last year and now it's threatening to swing back to El Nino.
Why? No one knows. But it may make for an especially unusual year of weather.
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