The floods in Australia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, now also in South Africa, Peru — all in varying degrees, are associated with La Niña — the negative phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. With El Nino and other weather related anomaly in the tropical zone. Specialists say that this episode of La Niña — one of the strongest in the history of observations. And, according to most prediction models, should continue in the first quarter of 2011, and, perhaps, even in May. Moreover, its intensity will gradually decrease.