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El Nino

By Sue Richards last modified Oct 14, 2009 04:10 PM

Published: 2009-10-14 16:10:35
Topics: Weather

El Niño - "the child" in Spanish - was named by fishermen in Peru and Ecuador because the phenomenon arrives at Christmas there. It is part of a natural meteorological cycle that happens roughly every 3-7 years and affects weather worldwide for a year or more. It is caused by changes in ocean temperatures, with the first sign being abnormal warming in the Pacific .

Predictions are that El Niño is expected to strengthen and last through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2009-2010, of particular concern to long distance cruisers, in particular those planning to transit the Pacific.

Noonsite has received many questions from cruisers about this phenomenon, and we recommend reading the following 2 articles for further information and monitoring the ENSO website for monthly updates.