Scientists understand the basics of how El Nino changes weather around the globe — floods and mudslides in Peru, wildfires and drought in Indonesia, along with heavy rain for the southeastern United States.
But it's harder to answer other questions — how likely or extreme will those problems be? And what broader consequences will they have on the planet? It's valuable information for officials trying to plan for natural disasters and the effects of climate change.
An El Nino that is forecast to be the strongest in nearly two decades could make it easier to answer those questions in the future.
Researchers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center are using a...
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