December 14, 2015

El Niño; What Is It and How Does It Affect the Global Climate.

 

If you happen to live anywhere bordering the eastern coast of the Equatorial (Tropical) Pacific Ocean (for example: California, Ecuador, Peru, etc.), chances are you have heard of the phenomenon known as El Niño. If you are inclined to winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, as am I; you may know El Niño as the great bringer of rainfall to the west Americas, which to us mountain goers means plenty of snow on our beautiful mountain ranges; but what exactly is El Niño? And how in the world does this mysterious event of nature affect the Earth so drastically?

The term “El Niño” refers to a naturally occurring happening in the equatorial region of t...

September 19, 2015

 

Disappearing Coral Reefs?

 

After two consecutive years of above average water temperatures, it seems as if the Hawaiian coral reefs are disappearing! Currently, water temperatures are averaging about 4-6 degrees higher for the month of September. One of the main reasons for this sudden increase in water temperatures around the Hawaiian Islands could be due to El Niño. The El Niño is a circulatory oceanic pattern that occurs every 2 to 7 years and lasts for 9 to 12 months at a time, on average.  The El Niño is characterized by unusually warm water currents that come up off the west coast of South America. However, since El Niño is a result of the ocean and atmosphere interacting, it affects weather all around the...

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