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El Nino impact to be muted: BMG head
A return of El Nino could delay the onset of rains in some areas in
The El Nino weather pattern, driven by an abnormal warming of the eastern
The extent of the impact of El Nino in
"So we cannot jump to the conclusion that El Nino will bring drought as people fear. We really need to look at other factors carefully," BMG head Sri Woro Harijono said on Thursday.
The previous three major El Ninos -- in 1973, 1983 and 1997 -- caused severe drought in
In those years El Nino reached its strongest level, while at the same time Indonesian waters were colder than normal and the sea surface temperature on the western side of
"The condition in 2009 is very different than in the previous three major El Nino events. Now El Nino is still weak, while (the Indonesian) sea surface temperature remains warm," she said.
El Nino can create drought because water vapor across most of