Can We Blame El Niño for Wild Weather?
ESU601  El Niño–La Niña Links

You've seen how El Niño and La Niña affect the nearby hydrosphere and atmosphere. These interactions also have an impact on Earth's other spheres, particularly the biosphere.

Can we blame El Niño for wild weather? Some "wild" weather occurs even during normal phases, so we can't blame El Niño and La Niña for all of it. It's obvious, however, that many extreme weather events are related to the changing conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

We are beginning to understand the widespread effects of these events. A bigger question that scientists are working to answer is "What are the underlying causes of the El Niño and La Niña events themselves?"

  !   Click the links below to learn more about the impacts of El Niño and La Niña events.

13. Describe an El Niño- or La Niña-related impact, and explain how El Niño or La Niña is thought to have caused this impact.

El Niño–La Niña Impacts
Global List of Impacts (NOAA)
Societal Impacts of ENSO
Impacts of El Ni???o

El Niño–La Niña Information
NOAA Climate Prediction Center's El Ni???o???La Ni???a Home Page
El Ni???o Theme Page (NOAA)
What is La Ni???a? (NOAA)
What is El Ni???o? (NOAA)
El Ni???o-La Ni???a FAQ (NOAA)

Current El Niño Information
Current State of El Ni???o

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