Current Affairs 5th Dec 2018

DATE: 5th Dec 2018, Wednesday

Current Affairs

Prepared by: Maharana Sibasankar

Sources: THE HINDU and Indian Express

  1. Weak El Nino conditions is going to develop in the Pacific this winter


According to an India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, there is a strong possibility of weak El Nino conditions developing during the current winter season.

  • IMD Observations:
  • Equatorial sea surface temperatures across most the Pacific Ocean show an increasing trend. There is a mild El Nino -above 0.5-degree warming – in the western Pacific Ocean
  • The IMD forecasts that the ongoing winter season would be slightly warmer than usual in most parts of India
  • Concerns over warm winter

Higher warmer weather conditions during winter months is a concern as it may adversely affect wheat crop which is the principal crop of the Rabi season

  • What is El Nino?
  • The term El Niño refers to the large-scale ocean-atmosphere climate interaction associated with a periodic warming in sea surface temperatures across the central and east-central Equatorial Pacific.
  • El Nino during winter results in the development of warm conditions in India. During the summer season, it leads to dry conditions and deficient monsoon

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