The Impacts of El Niño and La Niña on Global Weather Patterns

TLDR The Southern Oscillation weather cycle, which includes the El Niño and La Niña phenomena, can have significant effects on temperatures and rainfall worldwide. El Niño events result in warmer winters in some regions and increased rainfall in others, while La Niña events lead to lower temperatures, droughts, and changes in weather patterns globally.

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00:00 The Southern Oscillation weather cycle can have dramatic implications for temperatures and rainfall worldwide, including the El Niño and La Niña phenomena.
01:27 El Niño is a meteorological phenomenon that occurs with the Southern Oscillation and involves the circulation of warm water in the Pacific Ocean.
02:37 El Niño is a warm water phenomenon that can change weather patterns globally, causing more rainfall on the west coast of South America, milder winters in Chile, and warmer winters in northern states of the US and western Canada.
03:54 During La Niña, the opposite of El Niño, there is increased ice formation, reduced precipitation in Asia causing droughts, lower rainfalls in Australia, and changes in weather patterns in North America and Asia.
05:03 El Niño and La Niña events occur every several years, but they are not predictable and can vary in strength, with some being stronger than others.
06:13 El Niño and La Niña events have had historical impacts such as the collapse of fisheries, droughts and famines, cyclones and droughts in India, poor harvests in Europe, and reduced ship sizes in the Panama Canal.
07:26 La Niña events can have significant impacts on weather patterns around the world, resulting in lower temperatures, increased rainfall in some areas, and decreased rainfall in others.
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