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El Nino and Global Warming

Has global warming made El Ninos stronger? Maybe not. New research shows that a major El Nino in 1918 – before global warming from burning fossil fuels and deforestation – was almost as strong as the El Ninos of 1982/83 and 1997/98 that caused droughts in eastern Australia and were among the worst in the nation’s history. Ben Giese, Texas A & M University, told a climate change conference in Perth that complex computer modeling conducted by his team “questions the notion that El Ninos have been getting stronger because of global warming.”
El Nino is an abnormal warming of the surface waters in the eastern Pacific off South America that causes rainy weather in the western Pacific to move east.