El Nino gathers steam

The puzzle over this year’s truant monsoon may deepen with major forecasters now seeing the conditions in the Pacific approaching a threshold or borderline El Nino event — the weather phenomenon that is seen to cause drier conditions by disrupting the ocean-temperature system. 
The Australian bureau of 
meteorology in its latest El Nino wrap-up has said that the Pacific remains at “values near the threshold of an El Nino event” that climate models say could be reached only by late winter or spring. 
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society has also said borderline El Nino conditions have developed.

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