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Browning Hills to Lush Green Valleys

By Riva Rainer and Hannah Riggins, 4-5 School News Team

The day the trade-winds grew weak and their icy breath ran dry, unfathomable darkness lurked and pondered upon the United States. It painted the sky an envious grey, and casted a honeyed sheen upon all. Tears sliced down the clouds’ faces as they roared in anger. Electrons raced down, generating powerful bolts. Like a rip in the inky night, it forked down silently to the unsuspecting ground in a flash. BANG, goes the thunderous boom, always calling its warning too late. The El Nino had begun.
— Hannah Riggins

The El Nino Begins

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The term ”El Nino” has been virtually unknown outside of the scientific community but not this upcoming winter. Weather experts have informed San Diego city leaders that there is a probability of 95 percent chance for an El Nino to occur in the upcoming winter.

Theoretically, if the El Nino were to occur, it would bring an especially wet winter to the region, and cause an abundance of damage. Flooding is also a concern, and this may damage the flood surges. The upcoming El Nino is predicted to be one of the strongest and most brutal compared to an event that occurred in 1997.

This occurs when the trade winds grow weaker and the water becomes warmer in the pacific ocean. The cold water doesn’t have the ability to reach the surface. The storms are expected to start in late December and go on until March, is what the prevalent information tells us. There can possibly be a weak, medium, strong or extreme El Nino. Viewing the current meteorology patterns in the weather, we are awaiting a strong event

There are 3 main elements needed to cause an El Nino. These include air, water, and soil. Of course, the atmosphere is also a vital element. The upcoming storms will unfortunately not completely save San Diego because we are currently 1-2 rainfalls behind.

The Impact on Our City

According to research, the El Nino is going to cause flooding and our famous LAKE 39. Lake 39 was founded in 2014 by a famous lady, mother nature. D39C students made boats with little supply and harsh restrictions. (Not a lot of restrictions towards the end) This boat had to survive in the water.  Lake 39 was at its deepest when an average-sized fourth grader hopped into the water and it measured knee-high.  This will also make an impact on our community. There will be slippery sidewalks because of the thunderstorms, and muddy grass affecting outdoor activities. Because the El Nino is recorded to be a strong event, this suggests that there will be some damage done to buildings and landscaping around our community.

So get prepared to see the effect of browning hills to lush green valleys!




  1. Anonymous

    Wow the quote at the beginning really interested me and it was really well written!! I really like the title and it caught my attention. The entire article was outstanding how you wrote it. Great work!!!

  2. Anonymous

    I love how you mentioned lake 39! A great article!

  3. Sasha

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  4. Sasha

    HA lake 39 love it

  5. skylar

    I liked the way you talked about informational stuff and then you made it interesting by talking about lake 39.

  6. Bella (6/7 School News Team)

    Wow, guys! Great! The quote really caught my interest, and it matched the article fabulously. Also, I love the way you included the science behind El Nino. I never knew that before!

  7. Unknown

    Very nicely written!

  8. Anonymous

    This is an amazing article! Very nicely worded! Good ol' Lake 39

  9. Anonymous

    Great Job! I am excited for the El Nino! It will be a fun experience. Great article and great quote at the beggining!

  10. Lexie

    This is amazing!
    I love all the information of this topic

  11. Lila

    Thanks For Letting Me Know About El Nino!
    Great Job With Your Writing!

  12. Natalia

    This is a very well-written and detailed article! Thanks for letting me know about El Nino!

  13. Anonymous

    Like the beginning Hannah Riggins

  14. Unknown

    Wow! This is absolutely exceptional. Fantastic work girls!

  15. Unknown

    Epic :0

  16. Anonymous

    Wow this is an outstanding article. I think the El Nino is happening right now. If it is happening, you described it really well. At school their was really heavy rain!