Australia puts chance of El Niņo in 2019 at 70 pct
SYDNEY, March 19 (Reuters) - A recent warming of the Pacific
Ocean has led to a 70 percent chance of an El Niņo weather event
developing this year, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said on
An El Niņo weather event can trigger both floods and drought
in different parts of the world, and is associated with warmer,
dry weather across the Asia Pacific.
Australia's weather bureau earlier this month pegged the
chance of an El Niņo developing at 50 percent.
El Niņos are particularly damaging to Australia, with the
last one in 2015/16 cutting farm production in the country -
among the world's largest exporters of agricultural products.
Australian farmers will within weeks begin sowing wheat
crops and adverse weather could curtail production in the
world's fourth-largest wheat exporter.
A U.S. government weather forecaster last week upped its
expectation of weak El Niņo conditions persisting through the
northern hemisphere spring to 80 percent, from 55 percent
(Reporting by Colin Packham; editing by Richard Pullin)
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