Home > News > World
Thursday July 10, 2014 MYT 2:30:03 PM
Thursday July 10, 2014 MYT 2:31:10 PM
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's weather bureau said on Thursday that the possibility of an El Nino pattern forming this summer is lower than previously forecast, but it sees a high chance in autumn.
The Japan Meteorological Agency, which said last month that the El Nino phenomenon could emerge this summer and last at least until autumn, now expects one could only emerge sometime between September and November.
The El Nino - a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific - can trigger drought in Southeast Asia and Australia and floods in South America, hitting production of key foods such as rice, wheat and sugar.
The weather bureau lowered its forecast for sea surface temperatures in the monitoring area for summer as it expected the temperatures in July and August would be closer to average, Ikuo Yoshikawa, weather forecaster at the Japan Meteorological Agency said by phone.
Last month, the U.S. weather forecaster gave its strongest forecast that an El Nino weather phenomenon will strike during the Northern Hemisphere summer, pegging the likelihood at 70 percent in its monthly outlook.
That was in line with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's latest outlook.
(Reporting by Yuka Obayashi; Editing by Michael Urquhart and Michael Perry)
Japan PM Abe says want to reach sales tax hike decision in autumn
Japan-ASEAN summit statement to call for free airspace over high seas-Kyodo
Cameron recalls parliament from summer break to discuss Syria
High chance of cyclone over central Atlantic, near Bermuda - NHC
China aims for Nanjing's history to speak loudly on Japan
EU wants U.S. embargo of Cuba to end but accepts will take time
Swedish Christian Democrats, eyeing far-right, urge tougher migrant policy
Iraqi Kurds liberate besieged Sinjar mountain, freeing hundreds
U.S. considers 'proportional' response to Sony hacking attack
Ladies, time to stand up and fight for your man
Looking out for your ears
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: The long wait (Updated)
Remembering Tsunami 2004: No end to pain for family that lost five children
Brazil capitulate under 64 years of expectation
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)