Children in Peru on the front line of a severe cyclical warming of the Pacific Ocean in 1997-98 suffered stunted growth, showing how extreme weather can cause lasting damage to health, a study said on Tuesday.
After 17 years of groundbreaking 3-D images of rain and storms, the joint NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) will come to an end next year, the US space agency said in a statement.
Research has shown that Southern Oscillation is known to influence global surface temperatures, with El Nino conditions leading to warmer temperatures and La Nina conditions leading to colder temperatures.
Forecasts of 2014 being an El Nino year have caused concerns around its impact on monsoons, thereby on agri output and thus food inflation, though this theory sounds "logical" it is not necessarily going to follow the same pattern this year though, says a UBS research report.
Water storage levels in major reservoirs of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra are better this summer as compared to the last, indicating that it will not be very tough to tide over the sizzling heat in the region.
Amid reports of El Nino possibly impacting monsoon in India, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar Wednesday said the government will keep a close watch on monsoon progress this year and ruled out any major impact on foodgrain production.