The trend is significantly increasing the chances that storms will drench California this winter, according to a new report released by federal scientists. They say conditions are lining up in ways not seen since the winter of 1997-98, when downpours filled reservoirs and sent rivers raging during the last major El Niño.
The chances are now “greater than 90 percent” that El Niño conditions that began in March will remain through this winter, according to the monthly El Niño report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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“It is interesting to note the warm spots along the west coasts of Canadian and Northern USA, and even a line near Alaska,” says Marcus. “I wonder how much of the ocean warming is from the volcano off the US west coast. It is very possible that the circular line near Alaska could be from a volcano since it seems to start from the volcanic Aleutian island chain.”
“Of course, they make claims of ‘could be one of the strongest on record’, but like always, the “Keyword” is ‘Could’.”