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El Nino Giving Unpredictable Water Crisis for Farmers

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by Nimfa L. Estrellado

We can most definitely feel climate change now more than ever. Global warming has affected millions of people around the world and is the main culprit for some natural phenomena. Because of global warming, El Nino or the phenomenon that causes extreme heat is now hotter than ever.

At the start of 2019, climatologists around the globe were predicting significant meteorological effects as a result of strengthening El Nino patterns.

The bottom line was that it was predicted to be one of the strongest for many years and that in turn may lead to exceptionally unusual weather in many parts of both the northern and southern hemispheres.

However, by the middle of the year the position was starting to look rather less clear cut. Although the El Nino effect was clearly very pronounced it didn’t seem to be a yielding quite the meteorological catastrophes that had been predicted earlier on.

For farmers, machinery traders, agricultural specialists and even the general public, understanding the weather is critically important. While few people expect or demand particularly accurate medium to long term forecasting, the public’s tolerance of what proves to be woefully incorrect meteorological forecasting is being stretched to breaking point.

If that lesson isn’t learned, there is the very real risk that they will be perceived like ‘the boy who always cried wolf’ with the result that the critically important need to take society with them in the recognition of the need for environmental change in order to mitigate some elements of climate change isn’t achieved due to lost credibility.

Is it all about the water then? Yes. With 71% of the earth’s surface covered in water and 96.5% of that water held in our oceans, it would be a hard argument to dispute the effect water has on our climate. El Nino is a proven fact, not a theory, however, theories do abound with scientists on exactly how this weather phenomenon works.

A lesser known fact about El Nino is that it actually slows the rotation of the earth by affecting air currents surrounding the globe. But don’t worry! It’s only by an extremely small fraction and not enough to change your daily routine, nor can it affect things such as how an airplane flies.
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