Talk:La Niña

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this sucks it won't tell me what happens during the la nina —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:07, 14 December 2007 (UTC)

Unfortunately, there is a lot of unsupported statements being made by various sources, and it is not easy to determine which are credible enough to be cited in an encyclopedia. Also, global weather is complex and it is often hard to find out what causes what exactly, even to scientists. However, I do not agree with your claim - there is an explanation of what La Niña means: lower equatorial sea surface temperatures in the Pacific - and there also exists a section on known effects of La Niña. If you have suggestions for improvement, you're welcome, but I do not see your point. What do you want to know on "what happens" besides the information that is already there? Andreas Willow (talk) 15:19, 15 December 2007 (UTC)
La Nina is simply a definition based on ocean temperatures. You either meet the definition or you do not. The article here fairly succinctly indicates how taht affects the jet stream... The jet stream affects weather. Pretty straightforward stuff. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:53, 4 February 2011 (UTC)
It doesn't actually mention how it affects the jet-streams. (talk) 13:54, 24 October 2012 (UTC)

Mokiki vs. Modoki[edit]

In the main ENSO article I can only find the term Modoki and not Mokiki: Is this a typo or something different? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:34, 29 July 2010 (UTC)

I am a little afraid the "Mokiki" adjective may have been a case of sophisticated vandalism. Try looking for the word with Google Scholar. You will find no relevant ENSO related papers with the term. However it is a surname which makes me suspect the reason for the prank. --Friendly Neighbour (talk) 10:44, 22 October 2010 (UTC)
I've checked this. Both instances of "Mokiki" phenomena were added by anonymous editors, the first by one with a history of nonconstructive edits, namely user (talk · contribs). This very user also tried to squeeze the term into the main ENSO article (as inverse of El Nino Modoki which is incorrect as that would be La Nina Modoki) but was reverted. --Friendly Neighbour (talk) 11:00, 22 October 2010 (UTC)

Effects of La Niña[edit]

"La Niña causes mostly the same effects of El Niño, for example, El Niño would cause a wet period in the Midwestern U.S., while La Niña would typically cause a dry period in this area." (My italics.)

Please clarify this, since it contradicts itself. Do we get opposite effects or same effects of El Niño? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:41, 21 November 2010 (UTC)


How is this word pronounced? I know how the Spanish term is pronounced. Is it the same in English? --Lee (talk) 08:22, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

According to the OED, in UK English, 'Niño' is pronounced
  • n: n as in nine
  • i:ː ee as in bean
  • n: n as in nine
  • jəʊ: yoe as in yoga
The OED records that the US pronounce it the same except that the 'í' is as in 'Happy'
--Senra (talk) 09:30, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

Meaning of the phrase[edit]

This article says 'La Niña' originates from Spanish meaning 'Little Girl' analogous to 'El Niño' meaning 'Little Boy'. The El Niño article says that 'El niño' means 'The boy' and the capitalised term, 'El Niño', refers to the Christ child, Jesus. Which is right?

--Senra (talk) 09:21, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

Both, actually. The words "el niño" are spanish for "the boy." "El Niño" is a title for the child Christ (similar to how adult Jesus is referred to as "The Lord" in English) and is what those weather conditions were named for. La Niña, meaning "the girl" was named in analog to El Niño taking not the religious meaning of the name, but the everyday meaning (similar to how "the lady" is the female analog to "the lord").
Gunblader928 (talk) 18:14, 3 September 2014 (UTC)