El Nino: What Our Teachers Have to Say

Amelia Salzman, Calvin Dunbar, Alyssa Miller, Columnist

It’s here. A few showers, days of rain here and there, increased swell, warmer waters–it all points to one thing: El Nino. Perhaps a storm of such a caliber could quench some of California’s thirst after so many years of severe drought. Or perhaps the upcoming precipitation will only bring slight reprieve from the climate change that has taken effect globally, and after it’s passing temperatures will continue to rise as water levels continue to drop. Either way, this long awaited storm will soon be upon us. So how should we prepare for the possible flooding, mud slides and various other side effects? Why not turn to those who teach us on the daily to now teach us how to navigate this El Nino? So, what do our teachers have to say?

Science teacher, Chris Nestlerode, gives us insight into what we should expect, stating that this storm will bring “warmer rain” and is predicted to be “the warmest and strongest El Nino on record”.

Jae Pasari, environmental science teacher extraordinaire, has no reservations about the upcoming El Nino. He declares that things will go on as usual and that “[students] will continue to suffer regardless”. Pasari is “not at all worried”, stating that he is “more powerful than the weather”.

In contrast, Jamal Hunt is not pleased with the predicted downpour. An avid bicyclist, Hunt admits that he “can’t wait to teach in wet pants”. He also is not looking forward to the arrival of El Nino since it often “causes lightning and knock things down”, but those are only a few unfortunate effects in the midst of many positives.

James Henrick, the new AP English Language teacher, is also confident in his ability to defy El Nino. He explains that “[he doesn’t] know El Nino, [he hasn’t] met El Nino, and [he doesn’t] want anything to do with El Nino”. Henrick even plans to utilize the large amounts of rain. He has plans to use his old hot tub to create a “rain bath”. It will be quite the project as he must “maintain and fight algae”, but with the planned addition of aquatic life to his rain bath he will soon be able to “swim with fish”.

However, he is aware of the risks of flooding as he is “moving into a new house that floods regularly and has a pump that malfunctions regularly” so, in short, he is “pumped” on El Nino.