Hawaii - El Nino 2016
Every few years, El Niño—the weather phenomenon caused by unusually high surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean—deals us some wild cards. Some are devastating, in the form of floods and droughts. Others are godsends, in the form of much-needed rain or this year’s gargantuan waves that gave surfers the ride of their lives. El Niño 2016 was one of the three strongest on record, creating waves with magnitudes not seen in nearly two decades.