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Road washout result of El Nino. Carmel Gate, Pebble Beach, CA. El Nino is caused by weak westward trade winds which allow warm water to remain near South America. This mass of warm water affects global weather, causing massive storms on the American continent. Its name (which in Spanish, means the child) is derived from its arrival during the Christmas season.
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