Tag: La Nina

California mudslide license plate (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

California Prepares for Snow, Rain, Mudslides

Warnings have been posted for the risk of mudslides in areas that burned in last year’s wildfires, as bone-dry California looks forward to its best week of rain and snow this winter.

Santa Barbara hillside (David McNew / Getty)

Evacuations Ordered in Santa Barbara Due to Fear of Mudslides

Local authorities have ordered evacuations in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in areas below mountains and hillsides that were burned in the recent Thomas fire, as the winter’s first major rainstorm approaches California.

California Drought Lake McClure (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Warning: California May Face a Long, Dry Winter

California is facing the prospect of a very dry winter, a year after one of the wettest winters on record, renewing fears of a devastating drought that gripped the state from 2011 to 2016.

Tulare Central Valley (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Drought Again? National Weather Service Says La Niña Likely

The National Weather Service predicts a 55 to 65 percent chance of a La Niña this winter as cooling over the tropical Pacific and colder deep ocean waters is expected to cause a drier and warmer West Coast and a wetter and colder Mid-West and East Coast.

Oroville Lake and Dam (Breitbart News)

California Rain Expected to Boost Hydro-Electric Revenue

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency suggest that the state could receive an extra $900 million in new hydro-electric revenue as a result of record California rain — and that the cash could pay for some of the damage to the Oroville Dam, the Los Angeles Aqueduct, and much of California’s key flood control infrastructure.

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El Niño Weather Pattern Would Further Drench California Next Year

The National Weather Service’s latest observation for the oscillation between years of El Niño versus Lina Nina weather patterns is currently neutral, but climate forecasters predict early signs of a strong El Niño could drench California again next year.

San Jose flooding (Noah Berger / AFP / Getty)

San Jose: Floods Force 14,000 to Evacuate

Continued rains in Northern California this week forced the evacuation of 14,000 residents in San Jose, one of California’s largest cities and the urban hub of Silicon Valley.

California Drought Lake McClure (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Winter Forecast for SoCal: Drought

This week, the Long Beach, California-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its winter climate predictions forecasting a dry, hot January, February and March for Southern California.

Oil jumpjack (Hasan Jamali / Associated Press)

El Niño, La Niña, and Natural Gas

Death Valley, California, is known as “the hottest place on earth.” But, if you hear the news that the “Hottest Place on Earth Has Record-Breaking Hot June”—when “temperatures exceeded average June temperatures by about 6 °F”—it might be easy to ascribe the heat to alarmist claims of climate change. As Southern California experienced power outages due to a heat wave, Death Valley hit 126 °F—though the previous June high reached 129 °F on June 30, 2013, and it holds the highest officially recorded temperature on the planet: 134 °F on July 10, 1913.

Rainbow over Hollywood Hills (Doug Addison / Twitter)

El Niño Sidesteps SoCal, Continues to Hammer the North

This year’s powerful El Niño weather system brought Northern California about 130 percent of normal precipitation, but only about 60 percent of normal in the heavily populated Southern California coastal plain.

La Nina Brazil (Vagner Guarezi, Agencia Freelancer / Associated Press)

Rambunctious La Niña to Follow Docile El Niño

Overheated tropical waters in the Pacific are set to flip to a cooling phase that will say goodbye to the docile little boy called “El Niño” and prepare for his rambunctious little sister, “La Niña.”

snow daffodil (Mike Groll / Associated Press)

Inflation Alert: April Cold Wave Hitting U.S. Crops

Bitter cold across the eastern U.S., caused by Arctic air and a rapidly weakening El Niño weather condition, threatens widespread damage to crops that could ignite a new round of food inflation.