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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 • Posted July 29, 2009

El Niño.

A familiar term.

Even if you don’t speak Spanish.

El Niño—

“A disruption of the ocean-atmosphere system in the Tropical Pacific.”

That’s what www.elnino.noaa.gov (the scientific weather website) had to say.

Trusty Webster gives us more:

“El Niño, Spanish for the (Christ) Child: because it occurs near Christmas.”

Webster goes on to say:

“A warm inshore current annually flowing south along the coast of Ecuador and, about every seven to ten years, extending down the coast of Peru, where it has devastating effect (on weather, crops, fish, etc.).”

El Niño affects weather and climate not only in Peru but around the globe.

Now that’s some kinda kid.

Throws a fit and the whole world feels it.

Those fits have serious consequences.

On the weather.

And consequently, on our lives.

We can’t live without living with weather.

And what weather it’s been.

Weather pundits predict a wet season for Texas.

Above average.

And cooler than normal temperatures.

This expected to occur between December and March.

The Farmer’s Almanac concurs.

For December, anyway.

December 1-3: “Mostly cloudy and windy, with showers of rain and (over higher terrain) wet snow.”

December 4-7: “Storm from Texas moves northeast with widespread rain and wet snow.”

December 8-11: “More rain or wet snow showers.”

December 12-15: “Unsettled weather” [hmmm….].

December 16-19: “Cloudy. Passing rain or wet snow showers.”

December 20-23: “More precipitation, followed by a surge of much colder air.”

December 24-27: “Fair, dry, and cold.”

A sunny Christmas.

Better enjoy it because rounding out the year, predictions are:

December 28-31: “More rain and wet snow possible as the year comes to a close.”

The thought of all that cold and rain makes these hot, dry days almost tolerable.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square.

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