Teaching El Nino

Students and many teachers struggle with El Nino. Being in California, we have an advantage in that we know what “normal” conditions are so its easier to understand the “opposite of normal” or El Nino conditions.

Many people think that El Nino is heavy rain storms.  Technically, we are in an El Nino when we have the presence of warm water off the coast.

This video is one that I recorded for my online class.  My regular classes get this presentation with me in class since its a hard concept.

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Brandie Freeman (an awesome APES teacher) made this cool video on how to demo El Nino. Some teachers do the demo and others just show to their classes.