Climate’s troublesome kids
The recurring climate events El Niño and La Niña trigger long-lived changes to weather around the world
By Stephen Ornes, 18:12 PM January 30, 2013
Rain starting falling on Chile in late May, 2002 — and just wouldn’t stop. Within days, the skies unleashed the heaviest rainfall this country had seen in more than a century. Towns flooded. Tens of thousands of people fled their homes. Thirteen people died.
Clearly, this was no ordinary downpour.
Scientists blamed the heavy rains on a climate disturbance in the ocean and atmosphere that returns every 3 to 7 years. It’s called an El Niño (ell NEEN yo), which is Spanish for “the boy.” And a...
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