Photo: Martin Mejia, AP
Shamans hold up a statue of baby Jesus, or "El Nino" in Spanish, as they play drums and maracas during a ritual asking for protection from the natural phenomenon known as El Nino, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.
LIMA, PERU — Shamans in Peru participated in a ritual Thursday asking for protection from the natural phenomenon known as El Nino on the outskirts of Lima.
Peruvian sailors named the formation El Nino—the (Christ) Child—because it was most noticeable around Christmas.
Every few years, the winds shift and the water in the Pacific Ocean gets warmer than usual. That water sloshes back and forth around the equator in the Pacific, interacts with the winds above and then changes weather worldwide.
In Peru, they've already declared a preemptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding.
by: Martin Mejia, Associated Press