Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

El Nino Gets Credit for Clean Air in Duke City.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: John Fleck Journal Staff Writer

The sort of winter inversion layer that causes a brown cloud of pollution over Albuquerque is rare during El Nino winters, new research suggests.

That means that the past 25 years, a period of increased El Nino activity, have brought Albuquerque unusually mild winter air pollution, according to Kelly Redmond, a climate scientist at the Desert Research Institute in Reno.

During Albuquerque's growth spurt of the past quarter century, long-range climate patterns might have conspired to suppress the brown cloud, Redmond said.

But that might be changing.

Some scientists believe we are headed into a period, perhaps decades long, where El Nino's opposite, La Nina, will dominate our weather. …

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