Japan sees 70 pct chance of La Nina continuing through winter

by Reuters
Friday, 9 September 2016 07:19 GMT

Vacationers cool off in the Pacific Ocean in Vina del Mar city, Chile, Jan. 15, 2016. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido

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Outlook is in contrast to a US government weather forecast, which said La Nina conditions were no longer likely

TOKYO, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Japan's weather bureau said on Friday that it estimates that a La Nina weather pattern emerged last month and that there was a 70 percent possibility that the phenomenon would last through the winter months of December to February.

La Nina, which tends to occur unpredictably every two to seven years, is characterized by unusually cold temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

The outlook is in contrast to a U.S. government weather forecast, which said on Thursday that La Nina conditions were no longer likely to develop during the Northern Hemisphere fall and winter of 2016/17, saying neutral conditions were more likely. 

(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Richard Pullin)

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