El Nino more than 50 pct likely by summer -U.S. weather forecaster

NEW YORK, April 10 Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:17am EDT

NEW YORK, April 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. weather forecaster said on Thursday the chances that the much-feared El Nino phenomenon would strike by the Northern Hemisphere summer had increased since last month.

In its monthly report, the Climate Prediction Center pegged the likelihood at more than 50 percent. In March, it said there was about a 50 percent chance of the weather pattern developing during the summer or autumn. (Reporting by Josephine Mason; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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