El Nino, the warmer-than-normal waters of the Pacific Ocean, has a lot to do with global climate conditions, including global temperatures and sea ice. The warmer El Nino is, the warmer the climate and the more ice melts. Now comes research that the current El Nino is about to "collapse," raising the prospect of a cooler climate and more sea ice.
This is according to "GLOBAL SEA ICE MAKES A STRONG COMEBACK" from Vencore Weather, a "provider of information solutions, engineering and analytics for government and commercial customers worldwide." It says:
El Nino strengthened significantly during 2015 and peaked in December as one of the strongest such episodes in the past
fifty years. Even though El Nino is a phenomenon characterized by unusually warm water in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, it can have ramifications around the world. In fact, global temperatures spiked during the last half of 2015 as a result of the strong El Nino and were still at very high levels relative-to-normal as recently as last month. In addition, global sea ice appeared to be impacted by El Nino as it took a steep dive during much of 2015 and remained at well below-normal levels going into this year. In the past couple of months, however, El Nino has begun to collapse and will likely flip to a moderate or strong La Nina (colder-than-normal water) by later this year. In rather quick fashion, global temperatures have seemingly responded to the unfolding collapse of El Nino and global sea ice has actually rebounded in recent weeks to near normal levels.
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