Over the past few months, the media has been talking steadily about the recurring El Nino and its devastating consequences on the global climate. From severe ice storms in Northern New England and Canada, to heavy rains and flooding in southern California and Mexico, it appears no one is unaffected by this record-breaking phenomenon. In fact, the last dramatic series of El Nino events occurred between 1982 and 1983. At that time, the storms generated caused $8 billion dollars in damage alone and was the blame for 1,500 deaths, worldwide. Caused by specific atmospheric and oceanic conditions, one of the worst side effects of the El Nino are the severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.