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Re: Has the El Nino system effected the weather in the Artic, and if so, how?


From: "Douglas Causey" <answer8@passport.ivv.nasa.gov>
Subject: Re: Has the El Nino system effected the weather in the Artic, and if so, how?
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 13:53:38 -0400

Ted Schultz
Research Entomologist
Smithsonian Institution
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From: onair@passport.ivv.nasa.gov <onair@passport.ivv.nasa.gov>
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 1998 12:42 PM
Subject: Has the El Nino system effected the weather in the Artic, and if
so, how?


>Jocelyne D.. asks this Question:
>
>Has the El Nino system effected the weather in the Artic, and if so, how?
>
>
>Answer:
>
>Hi Jocelyn!  What a good question!  This is something that many scientists
are trying to answer right now.  Even though the El Nino phenomenon takes
place along the west coast of South America, we now understand that it
changes the whole circulation of the oceans and atmosphere.  Biologists have
noticed that there have been drastic changes in the Bering Sea last summer
and winter, possibly connected with El Nino.  They observed abrupt
differences in where the currents are going, mass die-offs of plankton,
fish, and seabirds, and very warm water where there usually is ice!  We
don't know the answers to why these might occur, but this is why scientists
are so interested in El Nino.

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