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La Nina Event Strengthens, Australian Forecaster Says
Wednesday, October 13th 2010, 11:01 AM GMT
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A La Nina event, which has brought wet weather to Australia and Indonesia and drought to Brazil, has strengthened, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Tropical Pacific Ocean temperatures had continued to cool and trade winds were stronger than normal, the Melbourne-based bureau said on its website today. The event, characterized by colder-than-usual sea-surface temperatures, will persist into at least early 2011, the bureau said.

Record rain is slowing sugar-cane harvesting in Australia, the third-largest exporter, and raised concerns that it may reduce wheat quality, even after bringing the best seasonal conditions to some areas in more than a decade. Wet weather in Indonesia, associated with the La Nina, has disrupted rubber tapping and curbed tin output, according to producers.

"We have an event which is well established and expected to continue," Robyn Duell senior climatologist at the Bureau of Meteorology said today by phone. "The odds are in favor of a wetter-than-normal coming three months for much of northern and eastern Australia."

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