Rain pattern research confirms the impacts of unusual and extreme El Nino events.
Extreme weather events fuelled by unusually strong El Ninos, such as the 1983 heatwave that led to the Ash Wednesday bushfires in Australia, are likely to double in number as our planet warms.
An international team of scientists from organisations including the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (CoECSS), the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and CSIRO, published their findings in the journal Nature Climate Change.
"This research is the first comprehensive examination of the issue to produce robust and convincing results," said Dr McPhaden.
The 1997-98 event alone caused US $35 billion in damage and claimed an estimated 23,000 human lives worldwide.
"For Australia, this could mean summer heat waves, like that recently experienced in the south-east of the country, could get an additional boost if they coincide with extreme El Ninos," said co-author, Professor Matthew England from CoECSS.
This story based on a news release from the University of New South Wales released through the EurekAlert! Service of the AAAS here.
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