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El Niño to Strengthen Into 2010 November 27, 2009
Sea temperature graphic
A surge of warmer-than-normal surface temperatures spread eastward across the tropical Pacific earlier this month.
The El Niño ocean warming in the tropical Pacific has experienced a fall resurgence and continues to cause various weather anomalies around the world.

It’s being blamed for Guatemala’s worst drought in 30 years and is responsible for acute water shortages in Venezuela.

Thousands of livestock have died in Bolivia during recent weeks due to a parching drought that has also destroyed vast tracts of farmland. Some farmers say it has been eight months since any rain has fallen on their fields.

Growers in Fiji and the Philippines have been warned to prepare for months of below-normal rainfall until El Niño subsides during the first half of next year.

While the phenomenon brought drought to some areas, it is being credited for ending the parching drought across Texas and the southwestern United States over the past few months.

It has also brought above-normal snowfall to mountains of the drought-plagued western states.

Climate experts at the U.S. National Climate Data Center say at least moderate El Niño conditions are expected to intensify through the Northern Hemisphere winter before easing during April, May and June.

Ocean-surface temperatures currently range from 1.8 to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above normal across the tropical Pacific.

Photo: NOAA Satellite and Information Service