Recently, members of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology have come to the conclusion that by the end of 2012, La Niña is to make its way out of the weather scene, clearing the floor for El Niño.
Whilst La Niña brings us lower sea temperatures across the equatorial Eastern Central Pacific Ocean, El Niño is responsible for raising water temperatures in the said region.
Based on our previous experience with this phenomenon, we can assume that people living in these parts of the globe will soon have to deal with extreme weather conditions and manifestations.
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explains, El Niño will bring droughts to the Sahel region of Africa.
This means that the countries here (eg. Mauritania, Mali, Chad and Niger) are to experience considerable downfalls as far as their agricultural practices are concerned.
What makes matters even worse is that these nations are already going through a severe food crisis that could easily turn into full-blown famine.
Add to this the fact that extreme temperatures are likely to lead to wildfires, and you have yourself a not-at-all-encouraging future.
While some parts of the globe will be subjected to droughts, others will have to find ways to deal with increased summer rains. Thus, back in 1997, when El Niño last made an appearance, Japan and Vietnam were hit by massive storms.
As well as this, hurricanes and typhoons are likely to occur.
El Niño will also take its toll on marine wildlife. Over the past few weeks, about 900 dolphins and 5,000 pelicans died from apparently inexplicable causes.
Although nobody made any firm statements about these events, specialists argue that this was due to increased weather temperatures.
Hopefully, seeing how climatologists managed to warn us in time about El Niño's potential comeback, safety measures can be implemented in order to avoid at least some of the negative effects of this weather phenomenon.