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El Nino and La Nina

What happens to rainfall in Australia and off the coast of Peru during an El nino?


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April 17, 2013 6:35AM

Along the coast of Peru, El Nino generally brings wet weather during December-February and above-normal temperatures throughout the year (as long as the El Nino exists).

In Australia, El Nino means dry, and drought is not uncommon during these episodes, particularly in northern and eastern areas. El Nino has less effect on the southwestern quarter of the continent. In addition, El Nino summers (December-February) tend to be hotter than normal in Tasmania and nearby southeastern Australia.