El Niño Edges Closer to 'Super' Status with Global Impacts Anticipated; May Affect Winter Behaviours

Sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific continue to increase, signalling a strengthening El Niño.

The rising ocean temperatures are nearing historical thresholds to be classified as a "super" El Niño event.

El Niño impacts weather patterns worldwide - cooler/wetter conditions in parts of Asia, drier in Australia, Peru, Brazil, increased Atlantic hurricane activity.

Strong El Niño events occur every 15-20 years on average, with the last being in 1997-98 having major global impacts.

If El Niño intensifies further, record warm temperatures, altered storm tracks and reduced regional snowpacks are anticipated.

Cascading impacts may affect commodities like palm oil, rice, coffee, cocoa if drought persists in areas.

Monitoring agencies suggest this El Niño could significantly influence weather across North America this upcoming winter.

1. Understanding risks across agriculture, water resources and disaster management may help regions prepare for a potentially extreme El Niño climate event.

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