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El Niño

El Niño happens when weakening trade winds (which sometimes even reverse direction) allow the warmer water from the western Pacific to flow toward the east. This flattens out the sea level, builds up warm surface water off the coast of South America, and increases the temperature of the water in the eastern Pacific.

An El Niño condition results from weakened trade winds in the western Pacific Ocean near Indonesia, allowing piled-up warm water to flow toward South America.


El Niño Theme Page (NOAA)

El Niño » Resources » Surfnetkids

El Niño/Southern Oscillation Diagnostic Discussion

Earth System: El Nino | Science | Video

What Is El Niño? LiveScience

NOAA El Niño Page

NOAA La Niña Page

My Weather pages