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The occurrence of El Niño tends to inhibit the South Asian monsoon

July 23, 2104

El Niño is the periodic warming of the Pacific Ocean that draws precipitation away from Asia and Australia and shifts it to North and South America. It impacts the timing and the intensity of the annual South Asian monsoon, which is vital for agricultural production in the Indian subcontinent. 2014's probable El Niño event has many speculating about India's harvest and the possibility of skyrocketing food prices.

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