Could plumes of smoke from the Black Summer of fire have cooled regions of the Pacific and triggered a La Niña?
Could plumes of smoke from the Black Summer of fire have cooled regions of the Pacific and triggered a La Niña? New research suggests it’s possible.
The 2019-2020 bushfire season was devastating. Vast areas of pristine forest burned, many for the first time in memory. By some estimates, a billion native animals died up and down Australia’s east coast. Dozens of people died.
While Sydney’s skies are blue again, Australia’s Black Summer has kept scientists around the globe busy. The sheer size of these megafires produced startling effects. Recently, researchers found the huge volumes of smoke ate away at our protective ozone layer.
Now, new research by American scientists suggests the Black Summer fires were massive enough to influence the El Niño Southern Oscillation cycle. It’s one of the most important drivers of unusual weather over the entire globe – and one which Australians know intimately.
Read more at University of New South Wales
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