CPC pegs chance of El Nino at 70 percent for Northern Hemisphere summer

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 09, 2015 9:12 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. weather forecaster on Thursday raised its forecast for the chance of El Nino conditions during the Northern Hemisphere summer to 70 percent, up from a 60 percent chance last month, with a 60 percent chance it lasts through autumn.

The Climate Prediction Center, an agency of the national Weather Service, in its monthly report kept its outlook unchanged for the possibility of a weak El Nino if the conditions emerge.

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

To read the full CPC report, click here: http://1.usa.gov/1l5XUb3

(Reporting By Luc Cohen; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)