El Ni-who?

It’s all over the news. The papers, the radio, the TV, the Web… what is it? No, not the Second Car Theory. The El Nino effect. Everybody’s talking about it.

But… umm… What exactly is the El Nino effect? Okay, I know it’s some kind of weather anomaly, but none of the numerous stories about it explains what it is or how it works. They just say "xxx is going to be effected by El Nino…" "El Nino has caused a drought…" "El Nino will be bad for your laundry…"

It’s as if everybody knows already. Did I miss something? Was there some big explanation of it while I was away being abducted by aliens or something? Or does nobody know and the meteorologists and the journalists are plotting together to keep everyone in the dark?

I haven’t heard anybody discussing it in the lift or on the train. I don’t think down in the pub they’re all talking about El Nino. It’s probably just a plot by meteorologists to distract us from the fact that the weather forecasts are always wrong.

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