UN says good chance El Nino will return by end of 2014

General view of rice terrace at jatiluwih on June 19, 2014 in Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia. Industry Officials and analysts are expecting Indonesia to more than double its rice imports to around 1.5 million tons in 2014 from an estimated 700,000 tons imported in 2013 ahead of a general election and El Nino looms on the horizon. (Agung Parameswara, Getty Images)
General view of rice terrace at jatiluwih on June 19, 2014 in Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia. Industry Officials and analysts are expecting Indonesia to more than double its rice imports to around 1.5 million tons in 2014 from an estimated 700,000 tons imported in 2013 ahead of a general election and El Nino looms on the horizon. (Agung Parameswara, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/26 4:21 pm

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s weather agency said Thursday that there is a strong chance that an El Nino weather event will reappear before the end of the year.

The El Nino, a flow of unusually warm surface waters from the Pacific Ocean toward and along the western coast of South America, shakes up climate patterns worldwide and usually raises global temperatures.

An update Thursday from the World Meteorological Organization puts the odds of El Nino at 60 percent between June and August, rising to 75-88 percent between October and December.

WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud says El Nino leads to "extreme events and has a pronounced warming effect" on top of man-made global warming.

The outlook is for peak strength during the last quarter of the year and into the few months of 2015 before dissipating.

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