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WE-8690A 92036 Behind The Weather: Strongest El Nino In A Decade by Christopher Joyce(National Public radio) Major snowstorms are set to bury the mid-Atlantic states this weekend after record snowfalls in December. Last month California was awash in rain. The Gulf states have seen heavy weather lately as well. Turns out it's not just a run of bad luck. What's behind a lot of 'this winter's weather is El Nino, the tropical weather pattern that starts in the Pacific. Scientists knew last summer that this was going to be an El Nino year. But it wasn't until the winter that its effects really hit the United States. The strong El Nino and the subsequent precipitation are a result of something that started thousands of miles out in the Pacific Ocean. "Ocean temperatures across the equatorial and tropical Pacific Ocean are somewhere upwards of two degrees above average," says Mike Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "So we have had what we would characterize as a strong El Nino." Hew El Nine Impacts Weather Scientists at the center say this is the strongest El Nine since the winter of 1997-98. What happens is that unusually warm sea surface temperatures in the western Pacific move east. That changes the heating pattern of the atmosphere, which in turn pulls the Pacific jet stream farther south. A jet stream is a fast and narrow current of air that travels high up in the atmosphere. "And that jet stream is where we see a lot of storminess typically," says Halpert. "And we saw a very classical case of that, a superstrong jet extended all the way across the Pacific with storms impacting California one after the other." A strong El Nino also alters another jet stream nearer to the equator that brings more storms to the Gulf area. In fact, a strong El Nino plays havoc with weather from Indonesia to the Atlantic, but in different ways. Indonesia gets unusually dry weather, and in fact fires in parts of Indonesia have been frequent recently. Peru, on the west coast of South America, tends to get what California gets -- flooding i'ains. Halpert says storms are local events and no single storm can be attributed directly to the phenomenon. "One way to think of it is that El Nino conditions the atmosphere for.these types of storms," he says. weather Changes Ha!pert also points out that scientists don't know yet whether climate change is influencing the frequency or strength of El Ninos. Scientists say El Nino will very likely persist another month or two. That usually means drier than usual weather in the Pacific Northwest and Ohio Valley, wetter in the West and Southwest, and colder in the Southeast. El Nino has done some good, though, in the Southwestern united States. "Nobody can remember seeing such a small amount of drought on the map," he says, "So this El Nino has taken a pretty big bite out of some pretty severe drought conditions that had developed last summer." And by altering jet streams, El Nino also helped moderate last year's hurricane season in the Atlantic. Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure: After All These Years, Still The Silent Killer (NAPSA)-If someone told you that you could help stoP a "silent killer" from making you a victim if you knew two certain numbers and could change them, would you want to know how? If your answer is yes, then the numbers you want to know are your blood pressure levels. The "silent killer" you want to stop? Uncontrolled high blood pressure. Your first move? Get your blood pressure checked. The goal for most people is to have a blood pressure level less than 120/80. Your blood pressure reading is one important sign of your overall cardiovascular health status. And high blood pressure is a sneaky health problem because people rarely notice symptoms until potentially life-threatening damage has been done to the cardiovascular system. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is the No. 1 risk factor for stroke, increasing risk by four to six times. And the higher your blood pressure, the greater your risk of heart attack, heart failure and kidney disease. Tips For Keep'rag Blood Pressure Under Control Fellow a healthy diet by eating more whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts, and reducing the amount of fats, red meats, sweets and sugared beverages you consume Reduce salt in your diet Maintain a healthy weight---if you're overweight, losing even 10 pounds con lower your blood pressure Gel 30 minutas of mderata-level activity on most, if not all, days of the week Limit alcohol intake Quit smoking Follow doctors' recornmedntiom and take medicofi0m as prescribed (~) The scariest part is that nearly 30 percent of people with high blood pressure in the United States don't even realize they have it. That's one reason why poorly managed high blood pressure is named as a suspected cause in more than 300,000 American deaths each year. An estimated 90 percent of middle-aged American adults will develop high blood pressure during their lifetime. The best way to tell if you have the condition is to have your blood pressure checked regularly. If detected, the good news is that high blood pressure can usually be controlled. A healthy lifestyle is an important first step in managing high blood pressure. That means eating a healthy diet and getting Commercial O Residential 0~0 Payment Options 24 Hour Relationships Matter Emergency Service Over 60 years serving the community we live in. ,,~:J,~,,~%, 765-0130 Trained BUJ(OUNCJL 760 Ben Sulser, District Manager Smart Ways To Pay For College (NAPSA)---Experts say invest- ing in a college education is a smart idea--even as tuition costs continue to rise. A study from The College Board showed that in one year, the average full-time worker in the U.S. with a college degree earned 62 percent more than a full-time worker holding only a high school diploma. And while tuition rates have risen consis- tently over the years--The Col- lege Board reports that the aver- age four-year private institution now costs more than $26,000 a year to attend--there are a num- ber of programs to help students cut those costs. For instance, there is more than $168 billion in financial aid available to students, as well as a host of scholarships. The key is to learn which pro- grams a student may qualify for and how to apply. Here's a closer look: Saluting Scholarship The Military Order of the Pur- ple Heart (MOPH) Scholarship Program provides financial assis- tance for college expenses through a competitive selection process. It's available to MOPH members, their spouses, widows and lineal descendants and spouses, and widows and lineal descendants of veterans killed in action or who died of wounds. The annual program requires submitting an application along SSGT Peter C. Milinkovic, USMC, was the recipient of this year's Michael P. Murphy scholarship award. with a topical essay, grade tran- scripts for recent high school or college academic work, letters of recommendation, .evidence of extracurricular activities and community involvement, and a small application fee. The MOPH also presents the Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, U.S. Navy SEAL Memorial Schol- arship Award. Lt. Murphy was the leader of a U.S. Navy SEAL Team who was killed in action during a covert counterterrerism combat operation in Afghanistan. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and his family established a scholarship founda- tion in his name. You can learn more about both scholarship opportunities at the Web site www.purpleheart.org. Scholarship 101 Many college scholarships require applicants to have com- pleted community service, to have participated in extracurricular activities and more, throughout high school. So it's smart for par- ents and kids to start thinking about scholarships before their senior year. Also, there are a number of scholarships directly linked to a student's particular interest. If, for example, a child has a particu- lar love of music, there may be a scholarship available to help him turn his hobby into an educational experience. Smart Savings It's also wise to put money aside to help cover tuition costs whenever possible. Many states offer 529 col- lege savings plans, some of which allow you to save pretax money to be used for specific educational costs. The plans often offer an auto- matic payroll deduction option, helping to make saving easier. Free Resources Remember to speak witb guid- ance counselors, college coun- selors, financial aid officers and other higher-education experts about paying for college. The library and Internet also offer information on scholarships and financial aid. A little homework can go a long way. For more information, visit www.purpleheart.org or call (703) 354-2140. regular exercise. If lifestyle changes don't work, it may be necessary to add medication. All medications have risks as well as benefits, and it is not clear why some medications cause side effects in some patients but not others. For example, some studies estimate that up to 20 percent of patients who take an angiotensin-converting enzyme, or ACE, inhibitor experience side effects, usually cough. If you are experiencing side effects with a medication, talk with your doctor to find the right treatment for you. Remember: The best way to tell if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked. If your numbers are high, you need to work with your doctor and take action to stop the "silent killer" in its tracks. Ramona Art Guild Presents Lisa Bebi The Ramona Art Guild has invited nationally-known artist Lisa Bebi as the demonstration artist on Wednesday, February 17 at 7 pm. Bebi describes her artistic approach: "My painting is like jazz fusion. Not so much for my brushstroke work but because of the complex layers of seemingly unrelated stuff that somehow tie together. My brushstrokes are speedy looking but I think my detail is described more in the subject matter rather than by way of tight brushstrokes, sort of reflecting the fast pace of jazz and its many layers." "The hardest part of being an artist is trying to relate to the real world. I know my passion makes me a different person." More information about Bebi and photos of her work are available on Bebi's website. http:/Iwww.lisabebiart.coml RAG demonstrations are scheduled on the third Wednesday of the month at the Ramona Public Library, 1406 Montecito Road, 7-9 pm and are open to the public. For more information, call President Wilma Owens, 760-789-2810. NAME: The Mayor FIGHTING GLOBAL WARMING BY: With my friend Horton lending a hand We helped all the Whos across the land! We insulated homes and changed lights. They're now fluorescents-so very bright. ENERGY STAW> showed us the way To make a difference every day. SAVINGS PER HOME: $400 1 I,ooo kWh 5,800 Ibs. C02 J01N HORTON and THE MAYOR IN THE FIGHT AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING. " ._./~ Horton and The Mayor understand Llow important it is for each of us to do our part. We can all fight global ~],~ warming by Fnaking easy changes in our homes, at school, and at work. Learn more at energystar.gov. qERER&'Y STAt