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El Nino Has Ended, Now Farmers Need to Worry About La Nina

  • A morderate La Nina is possible for later this year, U.S. says
  • It can hurt crops and bring more Atlantic hurricanes
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As El Niño Exits, La Niña Promises Mayhem Worldwide

The El Nino that has dominated global weather for more than a year has ended and may give way by the end of 2016 to a weak or moderate La Nina that can dry up crops in Brazil, soak them with rains in Malaysia and trigger more Atlantic hurricanes.

There’s a 75 percent chance La Nina conditions will develop during the fall and winter, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, said Thursday. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology says the odds are about 50 percent. The cycles occur every two or three years on average and may help regulate the Earth’s temperature.