Only two weeks ago Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa announced that the El Niño weather system approaching his country was weakening in strength.

Salinas, Ecuador.

Salinas, Ecuador. Image by Rinaldo Wurglitsch / CC BY 2.0

However, new data reveals this was little more than a temporary anomaly and that El Niño is in fact gaining power. A state of emergency has been declared in 17 of Ecuador’s provinces. Meteorologists predict that El Niño will hit coastal areas around mid-December and will continue on through February before dispersing Read more: