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UPDATE 1-U.S. weather forecaster pegs La Niña chances at 55-65 pct

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Oct 12 (Reuters) - Conditions are favoring the likelihood of
the La Niña weather pattern, which can cause floods and
droughts, during the Northern Hemisphere's fall and winter, a
U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday.

The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center
said in a monthly forecast that the chances of La Niña were at
55 percent to 65 percent.

Last month, the agency had pegged the chances of La Niña at
55 percent to 60 percent.

La Niña emerged last year for the first time since 2012
before fading earlier this year.

Typically less damaging than El Niño, La Niña is
characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures in the
equatorial Pacific Ocean and tends to occur unpredictably every
two to seven years.

(Reporting by Karen Rodrigues in Bengaluru; Editing by Chizu
Nomiyama and Lisa Von Ahn)

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