January 14, 2011

Two Phenomena Explain Weird Weather

Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN


CNN

The catastrophic weather events taking place across the globe – from Brazil’s and Australia’s flooding to the Eastern United States’ heavy snowfall – have two likely explanations.

Tony Barnston, lead forecaster at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society, said two phenomena – La Niña and the North Atlantic Oscillation – are likely responsible for the patterns we’re seeing.

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TAGGED: North Atlantic Oscillation, La Nina, Weather