El Nino not living up to hype in southern California
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: A typical El Nino pattern produces above average precipitation across southern California and the desert southwest. This year has been an exception as most of the snow and heavier precipitation has been across Oregon, Washington and into British Columbia. Snow cover in central and southern California has now dropped below average, while ski resorts in the pacific northwest are experiencing the best season in years.
You may have seen reports this past fall that southern California would be slammed with heavy rains and major flooding, because of one of the strongest El Ninos on record. We are now into the middle of February and that has not been the case. Drought continues to plague this area as hopes of rains during an El Nino would provide relief. Dry spells are common according to the NWS Sacramento office as in 1965-66 27 days with out precipitation.
During the strong 1982-83 El Nino most of the rains in southern California fell in January 1983. The strong El Nino in 1997-98 saw most of the precipitation falling in February. We still have a few months left as El Nino is now peaking so time will tell. This shows us that not all El Ninos are the same and we can't always expect the normal when looking at a typical pattern.
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