La Niña


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La Ni·ña

 (lä nēn′yä)
n.
A cooling of the ocean surface off the western coast of South America, occurring periodically every 4 to 12 years and affecting Pacific and other weather patterns.

[American Spanish, the girl (to distinguish it from El Niño) : Spanish la, the (from Latin illa, feminine of ille; see al- in Indo-European roots) + niña, daughter (from Old Spanish ninna, from Vulgar Latin *nīnna).]

La Niña

(læ ˈniːnjə)
n
(Physical Geography) meteorol a cooling of the eastern tropical Pacific, occurring in certain years
[C20: from Spanish: The Little Girl, to distinguish it from El Niño]

La Ni·ña

(lä nēn′yä)
A cooling of the surface water of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean, occurring every 4 to 12 years and causing unusual weather patterns. The cooler water brings drought to western South America and heavy rains to eastern Australia and Indonesia. Compare El Niño.
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