Economists say the impact of La Nina is likely to result in higher prices for everything from steel to rubber. La Nina, Spanish for “little girl,” is defined as cooler-than-normal sea-surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean that impact global weather patterns, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The conditions recur every few years and can persist for as long as two years. As a result of this year’s occurrence, massive floods ...

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