La Nina expected to strengthen
The strengthening La Nina poses the threat of further flooding for some countries whilst others face drought
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2012 13:52

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a statement in September of this year, stating that La Nina had re-emerged and was likely to strengthen into the winter. Today the Australian Bureau of Meteorology confirmed that La Nina is strengthening and likely to persist.

La Nina is a naturally occurring climatic phenomenon located over the tropical Pacific Ocean. When in place, it results in a below average temperatures across the eastern side of the Pacific Ocean, which then impacts upon the global weather patterns.

The La Nina event which started in 2010 contributed to drought conditions across the southern United States and record breaking flooding into the central and upper plains. 

Heavy rains across Australia also meant widespread flooding. Major losses due to flooding were seen in the agricultural and mining sectors. This also ended the decade long drought that Australians were experiencing.

Across the Horn of Africa, the strong La Nina event caused persistent drought conditions. Even with some rain across the region over the past few months, with another La Nina event setting up, that means the region may not be able to catch up on their agricultural cycles until next August.

Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.
Public stripping and assault of woman and rival protests thereafter highlight Kenya's gender-relations divide.