El Niño

Amira Novitzke, Reporter

Meaning “little boy” or “Christ Child” in Spanish, El Niño is a scientific term that describes the fluctuations in temperature between the ocean and the atmosphere. El Niño typically lasts up to twelve months but some prolonged events may last for many years and it usually occurs every two to seven years.

El Niño was first recognized by fishermen off of the south coast in the 1600’s when they noticed the Pacific Ocean was unusually warm. Typically El Niño effects are likely to develop over North America during the upcoming winter season. El Niño influences weather patterns, ocean conditions, and fisheries across large areas of the world.
Scientists do not know what exactly triggers an El Niño cycle. Like snowflakes, not one cycle is the same. Atmosphere and ocean patterns are also different each cycle.

“El Niños are never inevitable,” L’Heureux said.

With El Niño hitting us this year many people have been taking advantage of this warm weather. Some cry and whine when it gets colder since this year they just are not ready for the cold to strike. With a few months left of winter, we have had mostly good days and only a little snow.

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