Climatic Trends

Where does the name El Niño come from?

The phenomenon of El Niño was discovered by Peruvian fishermen who noticed an abundance of exotic species that arrived with the warmer water. Since this usually occurred around the Christmas season, they called the phenomenon El Niño, which means “the baby boy” in Spanish, in honor of the Christ child. La Niña, the opposite cycle of El Niño, means “the baby girl.”


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