After three long years of rainy weather, La Niña is over. But that doesn’t mean El Niño is a certainty. Here’s why.
El Niño was given its name by Peruvian fishermen.
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The Pacific Ocean climate pattern is the opposite of El Niño.
Not all El Niño events lead to drought in Australia. Other factors are involved and it will take some time for drought to develop now catchments are wet and most dams are full.
We can now monitor coastal changes across thousands of beaches over the last 40 years, from Australia, New Zealand and Japan, to Chile, Peru, Mexico and California. Here’s what our new tool uncovered.
Dry conditions are likely to resume in northeastern Brazil.
From bushfires in Australia to insect-borne disease outbreaks in Colombia.
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The latest Bureau of Meteorology forecast offers relief from record rain and floods brought about by La Niña. A longer-term outlook for El Niño is still up in the air – but its arrival would be disastrous.
Globally, the air is getting hotter and drier, which means flash droughts and risky fire conditions are developing faster and more frequently.
The findings have big implications for how Australians prepare for extreme weather events.
On Australia’s rainiest days, more than 30 trillion litres can fall from the skies.
Millions of mangroves died off along Australia’s northern coast. The cause? El Niño - and the moon’s wobbly orbit causing extremely low tides.
La Niña is officially here for the third year in a row. You probably associate it with flooding, but how might it affect future drought and bushfires? And could a fourth La Niña be possible?
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Southern Africa’s summer rainfall regions currently experiencing the wet-season will likely continue having wetter than normal conditions.
Southern Africa’s current above-average rainfall is a climate variability signal - a short-term fluctuation in average wet-season conditions.
Extreme heat over 50℃ is likely to become more common, giving us yet another reason for Australia to act fast on climate change.
After one La Niña, the Pacific sometimes retains cool water which enables a second La Niña to form.
The southern parts of Australia are expected to become increasingly dry due to climate change. Yet, we now find ourselves subject to another La Niña event. What’s going on?
Un pèse-bébé est suspendu à une branche d'arbre lors d'une séance de dépistage de la malnutrition à Ifotaka, dans le sud de Madagascar.
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Au cours des six dernières années, cinq saisons des pluies ont été mauvaises ou très mauvaises à Madagascar.
Agricultural commodity prices spiked after cyclone Kenneth had hit northern Mozambique in 2019.
Small and medium-scale farmers and agri-businesses in Southern and Eastern Africa, which are at the heart of inclusive food value chains, are not receiving fair prices for their produce.
A baby scale hangs on a tree branch during a malnutrition screening session in Ifotaka, southern Madagascar.
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Out of the last six years in Madagascar, five years have had poor or very bad rainy seasons.