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El Niño increasingly unlikely to be strong: Oz weather bureau


Cooling of the Pacific Ocean over the last month means the El Niño forecast to hit later this year is increasingly unlikely to be a strong event, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said on Tuesday. The BOM maintained its forecast for an El Niño to form over the next several months, but said climate models had eased their predicted strength. "The trade winds have gone back a little over the past few weeks towards normal so there hasn't been a significant impact from the atmosphere to help keep things warm in the central and eastern tropical Pacific ...

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First Published: Wed, July 16 2014. 00:49 IST