Archive for October, 2009

El Nino 2009

October 9, 2009

From

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2009/20090709_elnino.html

El Niño Arrives; Expected to Persist through Winter 2009-10

July 9, 2009

NOAA scientists today announced the arrival of El Niño, a climate phenomenon with a significant influence on global weather, ocean conditions and marine fisheries. El Niño, the periodic warming of central and eastern tropical Pacific waters, occurs on average every two to five years and typically lasts about 12 months.

Sea Surface Temperatures the week of July 2009.

Sea surface temperatures along the equatorial Eastern Pacific, as of July 1, are at least one degree above average — a sign of El Niño. Animation.

High resolution (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA expects this El Niño to continue developing during the next several months, with further strengthening possible. The event is expected to last through winter 2009-10…

El Niño’s negative impacts have included damaging winter storms in California and increased storminess across the southern United States. Some past El Niños also have produced severe flooding and mudslides in Central and South America, and drought in Indonesia…

Economy in Third Quarter, 2009

October 5, 2009

From CNN on October 4, 2009:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. economy will grow more than expected in the third quarter, but unemployment also will continue to increase and will pass 10 percent, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Sunday.

Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, shown here in 2008, says "temporary actions" can help the jobless.

Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, shown here in 2008, says “temporary actions” can help the jobless.

Greenspan told the ABC program “This Week” that he expected 3 percent growth in the third quarter, up from the 2.5 percent he previously predicted. However, he said a “pretty awful” September employment report released Friday showed the jobless rate continued to climb.