Climate Crisis Outgrows El Nino Impacts
Record-Breaking Warm Weather Expected Around Globe As Human-Caused Climate Crisis Now As Powerful As El Niño's Effects, Says WMO; The world's top meteorological experts issued the warning as cities and countries around the world reported record-breaking warm winters.
Julia Conley, March 2, 2020 (Common Dreams)
“…In its El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) update, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said that the naturally-occurring El Niño phenomenon has only a 20 to 35% chance of taking place between March and August 2020. Warm weather mirroring El Niño's effects, however, is 55 to 60% likely over that same time period…[El Niño, which involves changes in Pacific Ocean surface temperatures and in the atmospheric circulation over them] is associated with drought, rain, and other weather events associated with warmer temperatures…
Even without the phenomenon, above-average sea surface temperatures are expected in both tropical and non-tropical regions in the next several months, which will lead to unusually warm weather on land as well…The WMO report came as officials from around the world reported that cities and countries in a number of regions [including Russia, Japan, France, Finland, Washington D.C., and New York City] are experiencing unusually warm winters…[2020 had the warmest January ever recorded] and 2019 was the second warmest year on record, even though there was no strong El Niño…” click here for more