18 Thursday. December 2. 1999, The Daily News
Don't worry about our foliage
Motor Virvir. an evookit is a
Dally New& owakort He lAw aon S
The salt spay that blew from
Hirsicano Lany's wind has deliat.
ed much of the fMrea-type veetation
on S. ix. UsLndernonnalconditions.
when waves break. Ue wind blows
diopleft of wuo inlaid. A, the sth
spray blows inland. the water evapo.
rmats and salt crystals drift to the
ground. Tht is why only certain
species of plan like sea grape.
monpwe plans, beach xban and sea
Ineder and other alt-iscnnrs plants
can Pow in a coastal environment
and withsitd slt spray from ocean
There is a great possibility the
Vgi Islands' and other Caribbean
islnids landscape would become
more like winter morhs due to e f.
quency of storms visiting the
Caribbean. Thos of us who ar family.
iar with winer months in the United
States know that trees lose their leans
during the asunam and fall. Evrgeron
aees on fet other hand keep their
leavs. The wieer-monlhs-tike land-
scope ofS &olx is due to hurricane
sa spray wind that bu he leaves ofF
As you look across the andcape o
St. oix. you see large patdces of
brown on billsides along the roads.
thi iuhout the coast and other pas of
the idlad hat was affected by sah-
Sy wind Bloulhesaom. There is no
nee to be worie.e T trees and other
veglaoin-type plants on the islands
will evCOimaly"green up."
Tie pr oble is the earh is getting
hooer due to global wimanwg Loa
yearswf tlie honts acelOias-have
ecorded. In 1997 and 1998 aisles of
exmi we r events sound the
word rimde acieants talkaboutta El
= weaher panes. The El Nino
1h1 owe hearsomuchaboutian
de media will not be going away any
iosm aoon. Scilntis ae now begin-
ning 10to pay mo- atanDion to clisate
model predicng bow El Nino will
behave in our global eanvisoment. The
surface. This eve is eremed to as El
r H Nino.
SThe chdat in weather pattm
cas the e ams that were once cold to
wanr m p. and wnrm regions to cool
mize dmedownm altering the prNcpetalon pa-
tell us that in yew gone by more rain
ue to fl allofl ie n anh Vp Iarandl I
an remember in die 1960s and arlty
1970s so much rin fell during a given
on: we know about global weather. tim of the year that someti om es
dhe better prepared wewill be o mini. saols closed for a week or two
mie damah e and iaxsimi benefts. Now. srienvists arc Iemling us ohe d
However, in order r scientists to impactofhBumanBlbeavioronlicenvi-
mation about Fl Nino fiom many They say El Ninos ame getting more
years ago, They knew 1.00 yea ago e M rne because humnas me poluting
lId La Ninaldiven torndoe devas Die air wih carion dioxide. When car-
sated pao ofNoah Anmeria La Ninma bon dioxide is in ie amonspheie. i
is the reverse of lit Nino weather con- Ups heat t the moth suaane. thus
ditiomansthtbrbiwsitsowneffects. ng e uh asijerrdieres.h The
Nino ycars. he interaction of i carh btuning of car fuil industrial piOcess.
XSUas envisnrman t and Ihe aio as and dhe amount of casion dioxide
pherrif s. Thus. the impact on the in the air have incread since the
weather in our global ccosystcm varies Ilitis. According to today's scientists.,
based on the amotuni of atmospheric the 1980s were the honest years
shift. recded with the trend aonnuiingHi
One of the elements in ure o the year 2000.
form hurricanes is heat. The oceniss ane I"be is much debate in the scientif-
a good source for holding heat. Warm ic world whether human behavior
occan walems make the air warm. amd aflbts weather changes or simply dhe
when these waters move around the weather changes are a part of ear 's
earth. they atiect global dauperafet natural cycle. Throughout cath's his-
Therefivre whe ocean waters are tory. the amomofcabon dioxide h
wanm it is easier for evaporation to fluctuaed and qppears rise aid fall
occur. As small panicles of wier ruist along with temperature averages.
off he ocean sfunace to form clouds Sciends kow hisorically that warn
and sometimes precipitation, the mois- periods in Mh's history nise de car-
turearound the earth affect the wash- bo dioxide leveling the air.wtuile dur-
er condition of particular mea of he ing the ice ages there was very litle
Also, wind blows the wa -ng
cl dsand suroe waersofheot eA*y- w agyene on
around our earth in ways at ae usu. ho be doneifn i to
ally predictable. The wind blows re the anmosphec cabon diox-
vwiawemingdoudscasinggio a i most scients agms s" t we
wder pasensm th we lamnashave shoulipreme for tel bi e.
come to eapd. Be now every dae We in tbe Virgi Islands should be
osevn years.dhe typicalatoneat to prepa-ed formore winter-no like
west winds in the equatorial Pacific landscape on Ihe islands dte to sak-
Ocean begin to weakt The wanm spray wind from stones. If we don't.
waters that usually collect in the west we will find ocselves wearing
begin to spread bck acrissn da ocea swealtrshnring tthe summer Ionder