El Niño: Weather’s Bad Boy

Here in Washington, D.C., as in many other places, it’s been unseasonably warm this year—and it looks like that trend is going to continue all year.

The reason, scientists say, is a combination of the El Niño weather phenomenon and increased levels of greenhouse gases.

So what exactly is El Niño? Check out these sites for more information on the phenomenon that’s keeping us in short sleeves.

  • Tracking El Niño (PBS)

  • El Niño (NOAA)

  • What Is El Niño? (USGS)

  • El Niño Observations—He’s Back and He’s Bad! (NASA)

  • Latest El Niño Data (JPL/NASA)

    Educator Resources

  • El Niño Research (Science With NOAA)

  • Lesson (Grades K-2): El Niño—More Than Just Hot Air? (National Geographic Xpeditions)

  • Lesson (Grades 6-8): El Niño (ScienceNetLinks)

  • Lesson (Grades 6-8): The Ocean and Weather: El Niño and La Niña (National Geographic Xpeditions)

  • Lesson Planning: El Niño (Education World)

  • Skit: How El Niño Works (JPL/NASA)

  • Teacher’s Guide: Chasing El Niño (PBS)

    What do you think? Has the weather been above normal in your neck of the woods? Let us know.

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