La Nina And El Nino To Be More Extreme In Coming Years: South America Weather Experts

by | Apr 26, 2024 | Daily News, Environmental News

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South American weather experts recently made predictions about the La Nina and El Nino phenomenon. They feel that these phenomena will become more frequent and severe in the coming years. This will follow the region’s recent encounter with one of the most intense El Nino events in decades.

According to the International Center for Research on the El Nino Phenomenon (CIIFEN) based in Ecuador and Peru’s meteorology and hydrology agency SENAMHI, the recent El Nino was one of the top five strongest occurrences since 1950.

La Nina and El Nino

“The pattern has shifted significantly,” stated Yolanda Gonzalez Hernandez, CIIFEN’s director, during a press conference in Lima. “What used to be minimal impacts from El Nino are now happening with heightened intensity.”

Hernandez highlighted that transitions between El Nino and La Nina will occur more rapidly. A La Nina event is expected to follow the current weakening El Nino in the latter half of this year.

Impacts on South America’s Agriculture and Economy

El Nino and La Nina have distinct impacts across different parts of the world, particularly affecting agriculture in Latin America. Crops like wheat, soy, and corn have faced adverse conditions. This has significantly impacted regional economies heavily reliant on agriculture.

“We are consistently setting records locally, nationally, and globally in terms of temperature anomalies,” noted Gonzalez Hernandez.

Temperature projections indicate above-normal conditions across much of South America. Below-normal temperatures are expected along the coast of Ecuador, northern Peru, and southern Argentina and Chile.

Recent Devastating Impacts and Regional Response

The repercussions of the recent El Nino have been profound. Peru experienced its warmest winter in six decades, as reported by CIIFEN. Colombia also witnessed record-breaking temperatures in various regions.

In Argentina and Chile, increased rainfall has been observed. This has been beneficial for soy and corn production, particularly in Argentina following a previous year of drought.

The intensified El Nino and anticipated La Nina events pose challenges for South American nations. This is the case, especially in terms of agricultural sustainability and economic stability. These climate patterns underline the urgent need for regional cooperation and proactive measures to mitigate the impact of extreme weather events.

With forecasts indicating heightened intensity and frequency of La Nina and El Nino, countries must prepare for potential disruptions across various sectors. The consensus among experts is clear. They feel that proactive measures are essential to navigate the turbulent weather patterns that lie ahead for South America.

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