A study published in Nature Communications suggests that El NiÃ±o and La NiÃ±a weather patterns could lead to at least a doubling of extreme droughts and floods in California later this century. The study also predicts more-frequent extreme weather events.
A better understanding of what gives rise to El NiÃ±o and La NiÃ±a”together known as El NiÃ±o-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)”might help California predict and prepare for more frequent droughts and floods in the coming century.
Wet and dry years in California are linked to El NiÃ±o and La NiÃ±a. That relationship is getting stronger, said atmospheric scientist Jin-Ho Yoon of the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Our study shows that ENSO will be exhibiting increasing control over California weather.
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