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Hurricane Risks Remain High in Atlantic Even as La Nina Fades

  • Neutral equatorial Pacific temperature will still favor storms
  • Weather-roiling La Nina could return in December with mayhem
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La Nina and its hold over global weather patterns has faded, but there’s little hope this will blunt Atlantic storms this hurricane season.

The cooling of the equatorial Pacific is known to wreak havoc the world over, causing droughts across the western U.S. and parts of South America, as well as bringing more rain to Indonesia and parts of Australia, and roiling energy and agriculture markets in the process. On Thursday, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center declared La Nina, which began in September, had ended.