Flu forecasts using weather, not climate

Flu outbreaks predicted with weather forecast techniques BOULDER—Scientists at Columbia University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research have adapted techniques used in modern weather prediction to generate local forecasts of seasonal influenza outbreaks. By predicting the timing and severity of the outbreaks, this pilot system can eventually help health officials and the general public…

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La Niña and flu

From the Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health Does the La Niña weather pattern lead to flu pandemics? Worldwide pandemics of influenza caused widespread death and illness in 1918, 1957, 1968 and 2009. A new study examining weather patterns around the time of these pandemics finds that each of them was preceded by La…