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The Little Boy Who Can Change the Weather: El Niño - Preface

"La Niña vs. El Niño ", A comparison of ocean temperatures, by Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay Times, Fair Use.

You are a drop of rain water and were born in a nimbus cloud that also produced your brothers and sisters. People living on the land call all of you precipitation. We'll just call you Drippy. 

Now it isn't easy being a rain drop. When you are small, about 1 millimeter (the size of a pencil point), you are spherical and have a shape like a flattened bun. You grow by running into other drops until you reach about 4.5 millimeter and start to fall turning you into a little parachute with a tube of water around your base. As you fall you break up into smaller drops as the wind pressure pushes against you until you are flattened.  Some of your brothers and sisters are larger because they have collided with others, but you are just glad to be done with the wild journey that started when you were born from water vapor and a little nuclei such as a piece of salt that has evaporated from the sea water or a bit of dust.

Since seventy-one percent of the Earth's surface is ocean the chances are, Drippy, you are going to fall into an ocean.  Since the largest is the Pacific the odds are that ocean is going to be your landing place.  Depending on the weather, your temperate is going to be between 32 °F and 80 ° F.  If it is below temperature that you would be a snow flake. To give you an idea of what that temperature means, your bath is probably between 98F and a very hot 108 F.

You probably want to know what is going to happen to you once you land in the ocean. Well, Drippy, you are fresh water and very precious. Only three percent of all the water on Earth can claim to be fresh water. You are still fresh water when you land on a calm ocean.  If the ocean does not have any wind or waves you join with your fellow raindrops and create a fresh water layer on the ocean. However, most times the ocean has waves and wind and so you slowly mix with the ocean water and become saline or salt water that makes up 97 percent of the Earth’s water.

Original Release: Sep 12, 2016

Updated Last Revision: Sep 11, 2016


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