Recent observations have suggested the return of the phenomenon El Nino, which potentially can cause severe abnormalities in weather patterns around the world, as it did in 1997-1998. An article from ABCNEWS.com describes El Nino, the 3,000 mile long and growing streak of warm water in the Pacific Ocean that satellites have detected, and also mentions the advisory that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued regarding the phenomenon. The BBC's article similarly tells of the new data and its potential effects to the weather worldwide. A news release dated January 10, 2002 from NOAA is the third site, discussing the recent activity observed. It includes links to other informative NOAA sites that explain in great depth about El Nino. The next site by PBS.org, (last mentioned in the February 4, 1998 Scout Report ), is excellently designed and written, giving visitors well-described information and stunning illustrations, photographs, and animations. NASA's site, El Nino/La Nina Watch, offers satellite images of temperature trends back to 1999. Each image is accompanied by an explanation and a description of the potential effects on the climate. Also by NASA, the Make Your Own El Nino in the Classroom page gives a simple hands-on demonstration that any junior high or high school student would find interesting and helpful in understanding the phenomenon. The El Nino/ Earth Science Virtual Classroom bills itself as an online learning resource for junior high through graduate school students. Students can read about El Nino and, most notably, communicate via a free mail server with other students and teachers for additional information. The last site, maintained by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, takes a different perspective of El Nino by providing information on preparing for its potentially disastrous effects. Information includes tips on protecting your home from floods and Real Audio files of FEMA Radio Network interviews regarding El Nino.


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