Saturday, February 04, 2006

She’s Back

La Nina, that is.

Government forecasters Thursday announced ''the official return of La Nina,'' making it sound more like a rock music tour than a weather phenomenon that can enhance the development and strength of hurricanes.

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''If there's a La Nina around during hurricane season, the odds for more frequent and stronger hurricanes go up,'' said Ed O'Lenic, an expert at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center.
But, she might not stick around:
Experts cautioned that they cannot yet draw meaningful conclusions from the return of La Nina, which was described as moderate. They said the phenomenon was slowly strengthening, but could dissipate by summer - when it matters most to residents of a hurricane zone that has been repeatedly hammered in recent years.
Did someone ask, “What else could happen?” Well, stop. Listen to Seymour D. Fair.

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