Thursday, March 01, 2007

One Crazy Pair Of Siblings

The past year's El Nino--a periodic warming of the Pacific off the coast of South America--is history. Some atmospheric scientists say that it was El Nino's westerly winds that protected the U.S. from major hurricanes last year by breaking up the storms before they had a chance to intensify. Some also credit El Nino for the mild December we had.

But now there is a La Nina brewing. Sometimes described as El Nino's evil twin, La Nina is a cooling of the same region of the Pacific. And among other things, it means more hurricanes for the eastern U.S.

Dang! I knew I shouldn't have bought that house in New Orleans....

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