8 JUNE 1998. WORLD: LA NINA (CONFERENCE)
The National Center for Atmospheric Research will host the first summit on "La Niña" or "El Viejo", El Nino's inverse, on July 15-17 Past Nina's were blamed for the 1988 Midwest drought, stronger hurricanes in the Atlantic, and much colder upwelling conditions off Peru. There have been three Ninas versus seven Ninos in the past 20 years (The Pacific Ocean actually spends little time being average, instead it tends to switch over the years between El Nino warm conditions and La Nina cool conditions. Interest now centers on what the cool phase has in store for the world.-Ed.). 

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