Water temperature profile, Equatorial Pacific Ocean, January 1997 – NOAA ImageBy Phoebe Sedgman (Bloomberg) – An El Nino weather pattern, which can parch parts of Australia and Asia while bringing rains to South America, will probably develop in the next few months as the Pacific Ocean warms, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology says.
The chances of El Nino developing during the southern hemisphere winter are more than 70 percent, the bureau said on its website today. It is too early to determine the strength of the possible weather pattern, it said. Australia’s winter starts in June and runs to the end of August.
El Ninos affect weather worldwide and can roil agricultural markets as farmers contend with drought or too much rain.
The phenomenon often touches off warmer winters across the northern U.S., heavier rains from southern Brazil to Argentina and drier conditions across Southeast Asia, Indonesia and eastern Australia.