--- In methanehydrateclub@y..., "b1blancer_29501" <b1blancer1@e...> wrote:
> (CNN) -- "El Nino" has arrived.
> Scientists at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric
> Administration, or NOAA, report that surface temperatures of the
> Pacific Ocean near the South American coast warmed 4 degrees
> Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) in February. That is a strong sign
> that the Pacific is headed for an El Nino condition that could last
> more than a year.
> "It's still too early to determine the potential strength of this El
> Nino or exactly what weather conditions it will bring to the United
> States, but it is likely these warming conditions in the tropical
> Pacific will continue until early 2003," said NOAA Administrator
> Conrad Lautenbacher in a statement.
> One sign of a coming El Nino is a change in what fish can be found
> off the west coast of South America. Peruvian officials report that
> cold water anchovies have recently been replaced by tropical species.
> More at :
> Hmmmm, they're saying that SC and NC will be wetter than normal next
> winter. Personally I wouldn't mind seeing that. We're a long way
> behind in rainfall for the past couple of years.
I wouldn't mind more rain and snow in Virginia, either. We are
currently 14 inches behind in rainfall, sice last August.