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La Niña

/læ ˈniːnjə/
(meteorol) a cooling of the eastern tropical Pacific, occurring in certain years
Word Origin
C20: from Spanish: The Little Girl, to distinguish it from El Niño
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  • As soon as the rest were gone past, he wheeled his horse, and rode direct for the cliff of la niña.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • No, it was not chance, for la niña had figured in his dream, and his eyes were but following his thoughts.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • His eyes wandered over the valley, now raised to the cliff of la niña, and now resting upon the weed-covered ruin.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • The animals are kept fronting the cliff, with their heads directed to the jutting point of la niña.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
la niña in Science
La Niña
  (lä nēn'yä)   
A cooling of the surface water of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean, occurring somewhat less frequently than El Niño events but causing similar, generally opposite disruptions to global weather patterns. La Niña conditions occur when the Pacific trade winds blow more strongly than usual, pushing the sun-warmed surface water farther west and increasing the upwelling of cold water in the eastern regions. Together with the atmospheric effects of the related southern oscillation, the cooler water brings drought to western South America and heavy rains to eastern Australia and Indonesia. Compare El Niño.
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