Wednesday, February 22, 2006

No One Wants To Hear This

The La Niña phenomenon, a large patch of cooler water off the Pacific Coast of South America could increase the number of hurricanes in the 2006 season.

This is the opposite of an El Niño, a warmer patch of water in the same region.

The thinking is that the La Niña reduces the wind shear and allows storms to develop. We had this back in the late 1990s, but the storms weren't as bad as the 2004 and 2005 seasons. It is possible that the feature will disappear before the season starts.

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