La Niña

noun
La Ni·ña | \ lä-ˈnē-nyə , -nyä \
plural La Niñas

Definition of La Niña 

: an irregularly recurring upwelling of unusually cold water to the ocean surface along the western coast of South America that often occurs following an El Niño and that disrupts typical regional and global weather patterns especially in a manner opposite to that of El Niño

First Known Use of La Niña

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for La Niña

Spanish, the (female) child

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