We are happy to see you this St.Patrick's Day.In a few minutes, we're exploring the science of happiness.I'm Carl Azuz.Let's get started.
First up, U.S. President Barack Obama has named his choice to fill a vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.The nominee is Merrick Garland. He's a 63-year-old federal judge. He's a graduate of Harvard Law School.He was appointed to his current job by former President Bill Clinton.Judge Garland calls the Supreme Court nomination the greatest honor of his life.And President Obama calls him one of America's sharpest legal minds.But according to the U.S. Constitution, the Senate provides advice and consent concerning the president's Supreme Court nominees.That means the Senate has the power to either confirm or reject Judge Garland's appointment.At this point, it doesn't likely that he'll get confirm because the Senate has no plans to hold a hearing about Judge Garland.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and several other Republicans say it should be up to the next president to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.They say the American people should have a voice in filling it.So, a political battle has begun between the Democratic president and the Republican Senate.
El Nino, a natural warming of water surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean has gotten a lot of blame for disrupting normal U.S. weather patterns this winter.But it's had some upsides.For one thing, especially in normal California, El Nino's heavy rain and snow had been quickly filling up a number of reservoirs.Water levels in Lake Oroville are now higher than average, Lake Shasta also above average for this time of year.This does not mean the state's historic drought is over.Southern California still has low ground water levels.There hasn't been enough rain to support many plants and animals.And when the concentrated and heavy rains do come, they can bring other dangers to parched land.From Northern California where buildings teeter on the edge, to Southern California where high winds have turned deadly, El Nino is definitely here and it's strong.El Nino is an unusual warming in the equatorial eastern Pacific.It's 2 1/2 times the size of the Continental United States.That warm Pacific water has brought unusual sea life to California.It's also the catalyst for El Nino rainstorms.This reservoir north of San Francisco tells the story.It's at full capacity for the first time in about a year.The overflow feeding down into creeks and streams.That's great for the fish population and the river otters that live here.So, these are relatively small reservoir.So, we have between a two or maybe three-year supply of water.