La Niña Is Out But La Niño Could Be On Its Way To Australia
The last few years in Australia have been mostly rainy and miserable as a result of the weather phenomenon known as La Niña. This summer has been a little different, particular in areas of south-east Queensland with La Niña finally seeming to let up.
While we might have finally seen the back of La Niña, Australia may soon be face to face with La Niño.
Before you start stocking up on wet weather-wear, La Niño won’t be bringing us more rain and flooding but instead, much hotter and drier weather conditions.
So, what exactly is La Niño?
“El Niño and its counterpart, La Niña, which means little girl, are weather patterns that dictate heat waves, droughts, fires, floods, and cyclones all over the Pacific Ocean, from Tasmania all the way to Canada,” Cosmos Magazine journalist Ellen Phiddian.
“There’s normally a large body of warm water in the Western Pacific, just up from Australia. Over on the Eastern side of the Pacific, the water is usually a bit cooler.