China’s agricultural yields could be affected by El Nino, a weather pattern that has the potential to cause both droughts and flooding, the Ministry of Agriculture warned on Friday [5 June 2015]. The ministry warned that this fall, El Nino of medium to strong magnitude is expected, which could result in excessive rainfall in south China and severe drought in the north, and bring earlier frosts to the country’s northeast…Full Article: The Global Times June 2015
- The Ministry of Agriculture warned of possible rice paddy damage in southern China and grain losses (e.g. corn) in the north.
- El Niño describes the phenomenon when sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean becomes unusually warm. El Niño can adversely affect the amount of rainfall Pacific coast countries receive and last appeared in 2010.