U.S. weather forecaster lowers outlook for weak El Nino

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 08, 2015 9:15 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. weather forecaster on Thursday projected a 50 percent to 60 percent chance of El Nino conditions during over the next two months, compared with the 65-percent chance it predicted for the Northern Hemisphere winter in December.

The Climate Prediction Center, part of the National Weather Service, said in a monthly report that the agency remained on El Nino watch, but said it expects a "weak event," should El Nino emerge. That was a slightly reduced forecast from the CPC's outlook last month

El Nino, the warming of Pacific sea-surface temperatures, can trigger drought in some parts of the world and cause flooding in others.

CPC's lower outlook follows a report from Australia's weather bureau this week that showed Pacific Ocean temperatures have eased away from El Nino thresholds.

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To read the full CPC report, click here: http://1.usa.gov/1ggMcrL

(Reporting by Chris Prentice; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Bernadette Baum)