El Nino's been taking the blame for a lot of ugly weather. So has Al Nino.

Alfonso Nino - listed in the phone book as Al Nino - has fielded a few calls from people who for some reason think a weather phenomenon would have a telephone.Nino (pronounced NEE-no) was awakened at 2 a.m. recently by an enraged, foul-mouth woman complaining about the weather. The retired Navy man replied in suitable nautical language and hung up.

"It's happened at least a half-dozen times - all phone calls," Nino said. "It's always something like, `Why are you doing this?' And I say, `Well, I didn't really have nothing else to do. I thought maybe it would be kind of fun.' I usually joke around with them a bit."