For those still planning their holidays for next weeks and months.
This is from a website against scepticism about global warming: http://www.skepticalscience.com/La-Nina-reappears_WMO.html
La Niña conditions have re-emerged in the tropical Pacific since August 2011, according to the latest Update from the World Meteorological Organization. This La Niña is expected to persist through the end of this year and into early 2012, possibly strengthening to moderate intensity. However, it is likely to be considerably weaker than the recent episode that was linked to flooding and drought in different parts of the world.
The moderate to strong La Niña event of 2010-2011 was linked to heavy rains and flooding in the eastern states of Queensland and Victoria in December 2010 and January 2011.
Note from Kitesurf NOW: we also noticed more wind than usual in Western Australia
During La Niña conditions, major parts of the Philippines experience near normal to above normal rainfall conditions particularly over the eastern sections of the country. Above normal rain in Indonesia and Thailand is also typical of La Nina.
La Niña often leads to increased rainfall in North Eastern Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and northern Ecuador in the October to December period. The 2010-2011 event was linked to torrential rainfall, mudslides and floods in Colombia and Venezuela.
It is often linked to below normal rainfall on the coast of Ecuador, the Bolivian Plains, Central and South Chile, northern Argentina and Uruguay in October to December.
Note from Kitesurf NOW: notice the same pattern emerging this year with floods in Colombia.
La Niña events are generally associated with increased rainfall in southern African countries including Angola, southern Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe during the southern hemisphere summer, as well as some parts of West Africa. La Niña is not the only contributing factor. La Niña is associated with rainfall deficiency in equatorial eastern Africa and the 2011 drought in Somalia and northern Kenya was exacerbated by La Niña’s influence. Its impact is not uniform, and some parts of the Greater Horn of Africa receive greater than normal rainfall during La Niña episodes.
Note from Kitesurf NOW: we noticed less wind than normal in Sao Vicente during October 2010 – February 2011. This year again less wind than normal in November 2011 (14-15 knots vs. the normal 16-18 knots) and judging by past experience we may have some days again in December with 14-15 knots. For January and beyond we expect the wind to return to normal.