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2015/2016 El Nino to rank among strongest seen

This year’s El Nino effect is threatening to rank among the three strongest since 1950, the World Meteorological Organization said on Monday.

Peak three-month average surface water temperatures in the east-central tropical Pacific Ocean will exceed 2 degrees Celsius above normal, which will leave the 2015/2016 vying with the effects of 1972/1973, 1982/1983 and 1997/1998 as the strongest in recent history. El Nino effects typically peak between October and January the following year and persist through much of the first quarter before weakening.

“Severe droughts and devastating flooding being experienced throughout the tropics and sub-tropical zones bear the hallmarks of this El Niño, which is the strongest for more than 15 years,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.

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