El Niño: Be careful what you wish for #CODrought

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From Reuters via the Huffington Post (Rene Pastor/Jeffrey Benkoe:

…global food production could also suffer massive disruptions from the warming caused by El Nino. Three years ago, it slowed development of India’s vital monsoon rains, sparking a rally in sugar prices to 30-year highs as the No. 2 producer in the world produced a poor cane crop. Unwanted rains also damage crops in agricultural powerhouses like Brazil and Argentina, while the normally dry areas of Chile, the world’s No. 1 copper producer, could see rampant floods…

Further ahead to the end of the year, the pattern could trigger severe winter storms during the northern hemisphere’s winter, particularly in California and other Western U.S. states.

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