The present El Niño formation has the potential to become the strongest on record. The yellow areas indicate concentrations of warming water.
Mike Moffitt Updated 11:45 am, Monday, July 27, 2015
New computer models suggest that the current El Niño formation brewing in the Pacific could become the strongest in recorded history. The broad swath of warmer-than-usual seawater is spreading and deepening. The two largest concentrations are off the coast of Peru, where water is 4 degrees Centigrade warmer than usual, and just west of Vancouver and Seattle — 3 degrees warmer. If this El Niño continues to grow, it could surpass the modern record-setting 1997-98 El Niño event, which inundated the Bay Area and the rest of California for months, causing flooding, mudslides and subsidences, and heavy snowfalls in the Sierra….
A storm lights up central California this summer. El Nino could bring more rain, but probably not enough to end the state’s unprecedented drought. Marty Bicek/ZUMA
It’ll take a lot more than one rainy season.
—By Tim McDonnell| Thu Jul. 30, 2015 6:00 AM EDT
California could be in for a wetter-than-normal winter, thanks to the mysterious meteorological phenomenon known as El Niño. Weather scientists have been watching El Niño get stronger throughout this year and think it could match or surpass the strongest on record, back in 1997. What does this mean for long-suffering California and its interminable drought? Let us explain….