Climate change may make El Niño and La Niña less predictable


Making Sugar
Feb 24, 2016
Climate change may make it harder to predict the most severe of the El Niño and La Niña weather disturbances in the Pacific Ocean. That’s because these events will become less connected with what happens halfway around the world in the Atlantic, researchers report online August 21 in Science Advances.

In today’s climate, cooling in the waters of the equatorial Atlantic, called an Atlantic Niña, can lead to especially warm water in the equatorial Pacific, or El Niño (SN: 5/28/16, p. 13). Meanwhile, warmer Atlantic Niño waters tend to give rise to the cooler waters of La Niña in the Pacific. That call-and-response relationship, which involves air being swept into the atmosphere from over the Atlantic and settling down over the Pacific, can give forecasters an edge in anticipating destructive El Niño and La Niña events.
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Jun 8, 2013
The first time temperature was recorded was in 1654. Between then and now, there have been great gaps in the data. My question to "climate change" activists is always: The earth is 4.5 billion years old. We only have a maximum of 365 years worth of climate data. How can we say, with certainty, that the "earth's climate is changing"? How can we make sense of the fluctuations in meteorological variables if we don't even have 1% of the climate data since earth's existence? If you can answer these questions with supporting evidence, then real scientists will maybe start taking this climate frenzy more seriously.