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International Weather Highlights 2011: Flood and Famine

A double-whammy La Niña influenced large areas of the globe in 2011, contributing to catastrophic flooding in South and Southeast Asia, South America, and Australia, and drought in East Africa and Mexico.

Australia's Deluge

The La Niña that began in the summer of 2010 and lasted through April 2011 was one of the strongest in the past 100 years.

Weatherwise Contributing Editor DOUGLAS LECOMTE is a retired meteorologist formerly with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center in Camp Springs, Maryland.

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