Chinese scientists warn of El Nino this year

PTI Beijing | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on March 21, 2014



El Nino, a weather phenomenon that can cause climatic changes is likely to occur this spring, China’s meteorological department said today.

The National Marine Environmental Forecasting Centre (NMEFC) has found that the temperature of the central and eastern tropical Pacific was neutral this spring, predicting it will turn warm in summer and is likely to develop an El Nino.

El Nino is caused by interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere.

It is characterised by unusually high ocean surface temperature in the central and eastern tropical Pacific.

Chinese experts said the summer monsoon in East Asia this year will be a little stronger than average, which will push western Pacific subtropical high northward and eastward, state run Xinhua news agency reported.

Two rain bands are likely to appear in this situation.

Experts said ocean temperature of Bohai Sea, north of the Yellow Sea and south of the South China Sea will be lower than the same period of the normal years, while the ocean temperature of China’s other sea areas will be higher.

Published on March 21, 2014
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