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,20 Tiursdy, August; 197 Pahrump V, all,ey ,Gette El Nino-- The sound and the fury by An@ Holtmann Part One of three-- El Nino, what is it? Where is it? It's out there, swelling and growling, ready to pounce. Attempts to control it fail. Attempts to prepare for it come too little, too late. This time though, at least we know it's out there. In the tradition of large scale natural disasters such as the "big earthquake" and the "great flood," comes E! Nino, a large atmospheric change in the Pacific Ocean that shifts the nature of weather across the globe. In the first part of a three part series on this occur- rence, the history and nature of E! Nino will be investi- gated. This sequence of weather changes will affect different parts of the world in different ways. Is the world really ready for it's potentially destructive force? Or can mankind, through surveillance and predictions soften El Nino's blow? El Nino, the Spanish phrase for"The (Christ) Child," got its name due to the fact that most of its effects are felt in the month of December (Christ' s birth). Some ancestral legends in Central America say that the severe weather changes that are associated with the occurrence are an act of God, as a reminder of Christ's sacrifices. I I II It Veterinary aspi'l Tonopah Clinic == Dr. Lind will be in Tonopah /  August 20 Appointments/Info, Call 482-6458 after 5 p.m. Dr. Linda will be in every other Wedned=y 8 a.m.. 1 p.m.: Dogs, cats and other small animals, including spays, neutering, dentistry, minor surgery,etc. 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.: Horses, cows, etc. [ 'd[I ]TonopahS:30p.mtoT:30p.m., | I Round Mountain: 3:30 p.m. to 4.'30 p.m. II [,,,V,i ,, , Same dates as Tonopah Clinic [I Ron McQueen, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service covering the Southern Nevada area, said he was tracking El Nino with a high amount of interest. The occur- rence, he said, could cause severe impacts on the re- gion. "This event usually keeps those in weather related fields busy," he said. "Any time El Nino occurs, there are major impacts worldwide, im- pacts that we have to pre- pare for the best way we can." So what is this E1Nino and why should we be 120*E aware? McQueen said the answer is in it's history. El Nino is classified as a disruption in the ocean- atmosphere system in the tropical Pacific. This dis- turbance brings increased rainfall and chances for flooding to the United States, Mexico, and other Ec nations on the Pacific's eastern rim. Drought con- ditions also tend to ap- pear in regions near Aus- tralia and Indonesia. In normal, non-Nino conditions, trade winds generally blow toward the west toward Indonesia and other South Pacific islands. The water in the western half of the ocean is warm while the eastern half stays cool. Diverse ecosystems thrive in both areas, some needing the cooler water to survive and some needing the warmth. Every three to four years, E1Nino arrives. When it does, Pahrump Valley Vide6 I 190 A S. Frontage 727-5294 Nintendo 64 W/3 Games for 2 Day Rental $19.95 (with deposit) Sony Play Station or Nintendo 64 W/1 Game, 1 day Rental $9.95 Sony Play Station W/5 Games for 2 day Rental $19.95 We sell our rental sony's and Nlntendo 64's Inquire at counter New release movies - rent 5 get one free (Average cos1; for movie is $1.66 for 1 day) General Titles 2 day rental 99 BLOW OUT ON PC gAMES YOUR ClOIg[ $24.99 SOME FOR $14.S0 trade winds relax in the west- ern Pacific and warm waters creep eastward. The warm water reacts with the atmo- sphere, causing more areas of low pressure to occur. Low pressure is most closely as- sociated with i'ain and heavy thunderstorms. Tropical storms increase in the Pacific and thunder- Convective Loop storm activity rises dramatically in western Mexico and the United States. The increased rainfall often leads to flooding and conditions that many areas are not prepared to deal with. Peru, for example, is one of the nations to first feel the pinch of E1Nino's bite. Flooding frequently occurs causing many lo- cal businesses and towns along the shoreline to shut down or face oblit- eration. Industries like fishing suffer as well as ecosystems that support wildlife are killed off by the changing tempera- tures in the water. eo*w "Fishermen are find- ing different species in their nets," McQueen said. "In San Diego right now, they are having one of the best albacore tuna seasons ever, even though albacore is a warm water fish that doesn't thrive anywhere near the area." Officials at the Na- tional Oceanic Atmo- spheric Administration (NOAA) have been tracking this year's E1 Nino by using buoys that measure temperature and atmospheric changes. McQueen said that with the NOAA's help, the NWS has issued a forecast and prediction that his department feels is strong and accurate. "The guys in our department who issue the forecasts have never been as confident as they are about this one," McQueen said. But all of the predictions don't put aside fears that this may be the strongest E1 Nino since the 1982-83season. It was this El Nino that most people want to forget about, one in which towns in Peru were wiped off the face of the map and severe flooding took place in the western United' States and Mexico. After the effects of that El Nino passed,here were more than 1,500 deaths world wide. "The strength of this El Nino is by far the strongest I',e ever seen," McQueen said. "There are implications that this could be the strongest one in history." El Nifio Conditions Ill BusinessCards Western Union * Mail Services Storage Omts Available ! Enyavin00] I Good Ole' Bob Locally, McQueen said  we can expect a dramatic increase in the amount of rainfall and winter-time storms. The peak of El Nino is expected to impact the western United States be- tween the months of Decem- ber and February. Next week-- part two: gl Nino and Pahrump, what impacts will it have locally? 0 0 !,