California is abuzz with the news that it may be facing a strong El Niño event this year.
“We’re predicting that this El Niño could be among the strongest El Niños in the historical record dating back to 1950,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
For California, it’s bit of a mixed news because El Niño means a scorching summer and a flood-causing winter. Not only that, the extra rainfall probably won’t solve the state’s drought problems.
“Just because something is favored, it doesn’t guarantee it will happen. And more importantly for California … one season of above normal rain and snow is very unlikely to erase four years of drought,” Halpert said.
You can read NOAA’s findings here.
Do you live in an area affected by El Niño events? I actually moved to California after the last big one occurred—between 1997 and 1998—so I’m not quite sure what to expect.