El Niño by J. Madeleine Nash
Unlocking the Secrets of the Master Weather-Maker

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Mark Twain said that everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it. In El Nino, award-winning Time magazine science writer J. Madeleine Nash tells the story of scientists past and present, around the world, who did something about the incredible weather phenomenon of El Nino (and his contrary sister La Nina), which can create drought in some of the world's most tropical areas while creating havoc- wreaking storm systems on the opposite side of the globe. For over a century and a half, scientists and explorers added links of knowledge to a chain of observations that at last created a picture of what they call Enso: El Nino Southern Oscillation, a picture that contains within it the interplay of wind, water, and geothermal forces that violently affects the world's weather.

About J. Madeleine Nash

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Nash, award-winning Time magazine senior science correspondent, received a popular science writing award in 1997 from the American Astronomical Society and the 1996 AAAS Science Journalism Award.
Published March 12, 2002 by Warner Books. 336 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Time science writer Nash capably profiles this “teleconnective,” Pacific Ocean–born—but ultimately global—weather phenomenon, which “turns dry places wet, wet places dry, cold places warm, and warm places cold.” She traces the long history of scientific efforts at describing the El Niño weather s...

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This is the story of the perfect storm system, El Niño, which in its 1997–1998 incarnation created aberrant weather conditions across the world, often with devastating results.

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