El Niño


It’s been a warm December, hasn’t it? At least for most of the U.S., temperatures have been balmier than usual, particularly coming off of a frigid November. But you can’t blame it on El Nino quite yet. While predictions were good for another El Nino year, conditions simply haven’t panned out. Mostly, the polar vortex seems to have bored of us. For now.

Did you know El Niño is Spanish for, The Niño? At least, that’s Madison-native Chris Farley’s take on the matter.

Actually, El Niño was named by Peruvian fisherman, who observed the cyclical phenomenon hundreds of years ago. Because it always started near Christmas time, the fisherman called it, The Boy, or Christmas Boy. It seems to be getting stronger