climate-briefing Archives - State of the Planet

Welcome Back, La Niña

The components of La Niña are getting ready to tango. But will their performance break any climate records this time around?

by |September 29, 2011

Fears of a Double Dip…La Niña

You’d be forgiven for thinking its 2008 and not just because of the economic uncertainty. Is there a dreaded double dip La Niña in store, too?

by |August 24, 2011

The Role of Drought in the Horn of Africa Famine

Let’s get this out of the way. The current famine in the Horn of Africa isn’t caused by drought. Rather, a complex mix of societal and political factors created a dangerous situation. The worst drought in 60 years (pdf) is what pushed that situation over the edge into a humanitarian crisis. However, just as these… read more

by |August 1, 2011

Climate Forecasting: Oceans, Droughts, Climate Change and Other Tools of the Trade

At the International Research Institute for Climate and Society’s monthly climate briefing, talk often focuses on the role that El Niño or La Niña play in driving global climate. With the collapse of La Niña last month, though, IRI’s forecasters now have to rely on different tools to offer forecasts for the coming year. That’s… read more

by |June 29, 2011

R.I.P. La Niña

La Niña, we hardly knew ye. This year’s iteration of the climate phenomenon nearly set records for strength and riled up world weather for nine months. Now it’s dead. What’s next?

by |May 24, 2011

La Niña Still Hanging On

IRI’s latest climate briefing shows a weak La Niña still hanging around. The big question is what will happen next?

by |April 26, 2011

La Niña Subsiding, Atlantic Climate Phenomenon Forming

A return to near normal conditions in the Pacific doesn’t mean there aren’t other interesting climatic phenomenon afoot.

by |March 21, 2011

La Niña Begins to Weaken

The current moderate-strength La Niña is now weakening and is expected to dissipate by late spring, said Tony Barnston, the lead forecaster at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, which holds a monthly climate briefing. Early February showed the first easing in strength of the cool sea-surface temperatures in the central and eastern… read more

by |February 18, 2011

La Niña Rolls On

The current moderate-to-strong La Niña is expected to continue through at least the middle of spring, said forecasters at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society’s monthly climate briefing.

by |January 21, 2011