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Possible El Nino spring: China marine forecasting center

2014-03-22 13:38 Xinhua Web Editor: Yao Lan

China's National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center (NMEFC) said on Friday that El Nino is likely to occur this spring.

The NMEFC found that the temperature of the central and eastern tropical Pacific was neutral this spring, predicting it will turn warm in summer and is likely to develop an El Nino.

El Nino is caused by interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere. It is characterized by unusually high ocean surface temperature in the central and eastern tropical Pacific.

Chinese experts said the summer monsoon in East Asia this summer will be a little stronger than average, which will push western Pacific subtropical high northward and eastward. Two rain bands are likely to appear in this situation.

Experts said ocean temperature of Bohai Sea, north of the Yellow Sea and south of the South China Sea will be lower than the same period of the normal years, while the ocean temperature of China's other sea areas will be higher.

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