El Niño and La Niña Explained

Context for Use: 

This video is helpful to show students once they have a basic introduction to El Nino and La Nina. The visualization helps them see the motion of ocean water on the surface and at depth. The video is less than two minutes in length, which will keep the attention of students.

Another related NOAA video is Observing El Nino, also 2 minutes in length with a transcript and available for download.

NOAA's climate.gov page also has an excellent collection of resources for El Nino & La Nina (El Nino-Southern Oscillation), including the current status and national and global impacts.

Supporting NOAA links include:


Recommended Grade: 
Middle School
High School