El Nino News

Odds of El Nino Rises

It’s increasingly likely an El Nino will form this year in the equatorial Pacific to roil global weather patterns and threaten natural gas and agricultural markets, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center said in a report. There’s now a 70 percent …

La Nina Is Dead, But Watch Out for El Nino

La Nina is dead. Long live El Nino? A weather pattern known as La Nina that has worsened drought conditions across the U.S. Great Plains has faded, according to the U.S. Climate Prediction Center. But it could be replaced late …

Earth Keeps on Warming Without El Nino

Earth last year wasn’t quite as hot as 2016’s record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest …

North America Pounded by Disasters in 2017

North America couldn’t catch a break in 2017. Parts of the United States were on fire, underwater or lashed by hurricane winds. Mexico shook with back-to-back earthquakes. The Caribbean got hit with a string of hurricanes. The rest of the …

LexisNexis: Catastrophe Claims Rise as Losses Decline

In 2016, Colorado and Texas homeowners suffered the greatest percentage of catastrophic losses due to extreme weather and other perils, according to the latest study of home insurance trends from LexisNexis Risk Solutions. The six-year study indicates that despite the …

Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Raised Again

Researchers again boosted the number of storms the Atlantic may produce before the hurricane season ends as a missing Pacific El Nino and warm waters present favorable storm conditions. As many as 16 named storms may form in the Atlantic …

Severe Storms Dominate First Half of 2017, Cause $41B in Large Losses

A series of hailstorms and tornadoes in the U.S. dominated the natural catastrophe statistics in the first half of 2017, according to Munich RE. A total of six severe, large-scale thunderstorms were recorded, each causing billions of dollars of losses. …

El Nino Not Likely, Active Atlantic Hurricane Season Looms

Forecasters again lowered the odds of El Nino forming by year’s end, a scenario that may mean more Atlantic hurricanes at a time when federal agencies charged with predicting and responding to natural disasters lack top administrators. The updated forecast, …

Above Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted This Year

Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year. For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal …

Summer Weather Prediction up in the Air as La Nina Ends

With the end of a Pacific La Nina and no clear signal of where ocean temperatures are heading, predicting spring and summer weather that will impact agriculture and energy markets just got a little harder. A weak La Nina, which …