Wednesday, June 10, 2009

El-Nino ........

El-Nino is coming! Liverpool fans, do not rush to the airport, to the hotels or even the stadium. We are not talking about El-Nino, the Kid, Fernando Torres, the No.9 prolific Liverpool striker. The El-Nino we are talking here is the global climatic phenomenon we experienced a few years back.

Scientifically, El-Nino is .... “El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO; commonly referred to as simply El Niño) is a global coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomenon. The Pacific Ocean signatures, El Niño and La Niña are important temperature fluctuations in surface waters of the tropical Eastern Pacific Ocean. El Niño and La Niña are officially defined as sustained sea surface temperature anomalies of magnitude greater than 0.5°C across the central tropical Pacific Ocean. When the condition is met for a period of less than five months, it is classified as El Niño or La Niña conditions; if the anomaly persists for five months or longer, it is classified as an El Niño or La Niña episode. Historically, it has occurred at irregular intervals of 2-7 years and has usually lasted one or two years.” ... so says the Wikipedia.

Basically, El-Nino will bring in hotter and drier weather. The current episode is estimated to last until September at least. Hotter and drier weather means possible increase in the number of hot spots. Do not be too happy and start to take out your notebooks thinking and hoping for increase access to the cyber world. The kind of hotspots here will more likely burn your notebooks! These hotspots are actually occurrences of forest fires. More hotspots mean higher chance of the dreaded haze (jerebu) coming up.

What can we do to help? Stop open burning! That simple..........

Apple unveiled it’s new iPhone, so called the iPHONE 3G S, with the S standing for speed. It’s the same phone as the current iPhone 3G but faster... twice as fast. Very likely will be available in Singapore in July or early August. In Brunei? I am willing to bet it will be available here as early as June 20...a day after it is available in the US Market!

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