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Brace Yourself for the Coming el Nino Winter

 I stopped by to visit some old friends at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Tiburon, California, located atthe abandoned Navy base that was home to the Golden Gate Bridge’s antisubmarine net during WWII.  They warned me that we could be headed for an El Niño winter (check their site ).So named because all of the fish disappeared off the coast of Chile one Christmas, El Niño’sare caused by a sudden warming of ocean temperatures in the Central and Eastern Pacific, which lead to unusual weather patterns. During thelast El Niño in 1998, the rainfall in San Francisco soared from 20 inches to 100 inches, the American River dykes broke,railroads were destroyed beyond repair, the Sierras got 40 feet ofsnow, and species of fish like mahi mahi normally found in Hawaii suddenly hit the hooks of happy fishermen in San Francisco Bay.Australia endured a terrible drought. This could all be great for wheat prices and bad for insurance companies, and no doubt many will claim it is all caused by global warming.