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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Dry winter with more high surf in forecast

Advertiser Staff

The National Weather Service today predicted a weak to moderate El Nino winter that could produce a greater number of drier days, fewer days with trade winds and as many as 20 more episodes of large winter surf on Hawai'i's north-facing shores.

The developing El Nino conditions are expected to mature in mid-December and last through March.

Late season tropical cyclones are also a possibility as well as warmer days and cooler nights. El Nino weather is a recurring climate phenomenon with unusual warm ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

It causes abnormal weather conditions world-wide and can produce severe storms, heat waves, drought and floods.