AMERICAN SPACE SCIENTISTS SAY UNUSUAL PACIFIC WEATHER PATTERNS OVER

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 31, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Scientists at NASA, the U.S. space agency, say the climatic phenomena that have produced dramatic weather in the Pacific have moved on.

They say the El Niño and La Niña have abated and the oceans have abated to their normal levels in the tropics.

It appears that the global climate system is finally recovering from the past three years of dramatic swings from the extra-large El Niño of 1997 - 1998, which was followed by two unusually cool and persistent La Niña years.

The weather conditions off the Pacific coast of Latin America have had damaging effects on climates across the region, including Australia.

They also tend to disrupt the main flow of monsoonal winds that head across northern Australia, through Indonesia and eventually to mainland Asia.

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