With its scientific expertise and more than a dozen Earth-observing satellites, NASA is a leader in observing the local and global effects of El Nino. NASA data help scientists learn more about the mechanics of El Nino events, the interconnectedness of Earth’s climate and weather systems and how our daily lives are affected by these periodic climate events.
This winter, weather patterns may be fairly different than what’s typical – all because of unusually warm ocean water in the east equatorial Pacific, an event known as El Nino. Because of El Nino, California is expected to get more rain, while Australia is expected to get less. Since this El Nino began last summer, the Pacific Ocean has already experienced an increase in tropical storms and a decrease in phytoplankton.
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