Wednesday, February 18, 2009

UN weather agency says La Nina climate pattern weakening

Agence France-Presse: La Nina, the weather phenomenon that has been blamed for icy conditions that claimed dozens of lives across Europe since November, is weakening, the World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday. La Nina is produced by cooler surface water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean and, like its Pacific sibling El Nino, is credited with upsetting climate patterns around the world.

"As these conditions weaken, the outlook for March-May 2009 is for 'neutral' conditions to be the most likely outcome," the UN's weather agency said in a statement. However, forecasts for the remainder of this year were "very uncertain" at the moment, the statement added. The average global temperature for 2008 was slightly lower than any other year since 2000, due partly to La Nina, according to the WMO….

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