El Niño loses its strength and gives place to La Niña

El Niño loses its strength and gives place to La Niña

February 27, 2024

In the second half of the year, a cold phase of ocean currents is likely to occur.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The El Niño phenomenon, which could have caused the hottest summer on the planet in history, ends in April, temperatures will drop, and a cold phase of ocean currents is likely to set in in the second half of the year, said Roman Vilfand, scientific director of the Russian Hydrometeorological Center.

“Starting in April, El Niño will cease. That is, the water temperature in the eastern Pacific Ocean will to drop to normal”, Vilfand said at a press conference, his words were quoted by RIA Novosti.

According to him, calculations indicate that in the second half of 2024, with a probability exceeding 60 percent, the La Niña phase will occur.

The peculiarity of the change in phases of ocean currents is that during La Niña, heat from the atmosphere intensively goes into the ocean, and during El Niño, which was recorded in the second half of 2023, the flow goes from the ocean to the atmosphere. Thus, the abnormally hot summer previously predicted by Bloomberg is not expected this year.

Earlier, we reported that the beginning of July in 2023 was the hottest on Earth in recent years.

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Text: Polina Bardik, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

February 27, 2024

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