Last Massive El Nino Foreshadows Magnitude of Next

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 05 September 2018


Last Massive El Nino Foreshadows Magnitude of Next

El Niño fears grow as starving baby birds wash up on California beaches,
SF Chron, September 4, 2018.


“Scores of starving baby seabirds have been washing up on Northern California beaches this summer, raising fears among scientists that a climatic cycle like the one that wreaked havoc on sea creatures a few years ago may be moving in.”

“...100 undernourished common murre babies have been plucked from beaches from Monterey to Marin County by biologists and volunteers with International Bird Rescue and are being rehabilitated at the organization’s Fairfield center.”

"...rising ocean temperatures may have made it difficult for the fathers to find the cold-water fish the birds normally eat. Large numbers of beached seabirds have also been found in Alaska this year."

“...the babies are coming in healthy but starving”

“Record high ocean temperatures in Southern California in August created widespread alarm among marine biologists. Now they are concerned that conditions could worsen if predictions about an El Niño weather pattern over the next few months come true.”

“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center puts the likelihood of El Niño at 60 percent this fall and 70 percent this winter.”

“Warm water during the last big El Niño in 2014 and 2015 led to the deaths of thousands of marine species, including virtually all the sea lion pups born on the Channel Islands and hundreds of adult murres along the coast.”

“Forecasters are predicting a weaker El Niño than in 2015, but the overall warming trend in California and around the nation has climate scientists worried.”


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