El Nino is an abnormally warm current that flows through the western coast of South America. It comes about once every ten years, around Christmastime. El Nino has resulted in floods, landslides, mud slides, and of course deaths.
The worst El Nino event was from 1982-83. Severe drought struck Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines causing huge crop failures and loss of life. Fierce storms struck the California coast and heavy snows in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Utah and Colorado led to flooding and mudslides.
A series of volcanic peaks called the Galapagos that lie in the Pacific ocean, west of Ecuador, are home to many magnificent creatures. Most of the population is made up of Marine Iguanas and giant tortoises. Many El Nino currents have washed away lots the Iguana's food, causing many to die.
The phrase El Nino refers to the Christ Child, who arrived at Christmas, as El Nino does.
El Nino is very dangerous, so you should stay away from South America at Christmas time. As you can see El Nino is very cool, but very dangerous.
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