The Inherent Unpredictability of El Nino Events

Corals collected on islands in the central Pacific reveal that the strength and frequency of the climate phenomenon commonly known as El Niño is highly unpredictable.Credit: Gary Meek/Georgia Tech

El Niño events are not as predictable as previously thought. According to new analyses of climate records locked within ancient corals, the frequency and strength of the ocean-warming phenomenon were more variable during the last century than, on average, during the past 7,000 years.

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Record Arctic Snow Melt Might Be Prolonging American Drought

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Hudson Bay on April 6 (left) and June 5 (right), 2012. Image: NASA

While it may seem that melting arctic snow isn’t as dramatic as the record ice melt that’s occurred this year, the loss of arctic snow potentially has profound consequences for weather patterns, especially in the USA.

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New Models Hone Picture of Climate Impact on Earth

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While climate models can forecast temperature changes and precipitation, they struggle to indicate how climate change will affect the factors that make Earth habitable, such as the availability of water and food.

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