U.S. forecaster raises chance of La Niña

Sept. 14 (Reuters) — The likelihood of the La Niña weather pattern is increasing for this fall and winter, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday.

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center in its monthly forecast put the chances of La Niña at 55 percent to 60 percent. Last month, it had said there was a 55 percent chance of neutral conditions for December through February.

La Niña is characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

It can bring drier weather to southern Brazil and eastern Argentina and wetter weather to parts of Australia.

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