By Stanley A. Changnon
This book assembles a stellar group of contributors to provide an in-depth perspective on a nationally high visibility and complex climate event: El Nino 1997-1998. It presents what happened in the United States where El Nino became a household word and a "climate event of the century" to scientists. The book is a "snapshot" of events during a 14-month period starting when El Nino developed in the spring of 1997 and ending by early summer 1998. Its particular focus is on information that appeared in the media and on the Internet -- two major sources, correct or not, during the event.