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El Niño Rain, Snow Lost to Lack of Infrastructure

Despite El Niño generating three times the amount of snow in Mammoth in the first half of this month as it did for the entire month of November last year, California’s failure to build infrastructure means most rain will be lost to run-off and flooding.

California snow (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Rain, Thunder, Lightning, Floods–and Rainbows

SAN DIEGO, CA — Torrential rainfall and flooding struck San Diego amidst thunder and lightning on Tuesday night leaving cars stranded and thousands without power. Several cars were left stuck and some floating in floodwaters off highway 94 on Federal Blvd.,

Rainbow over Hollywood Hills (Doug Addison / Twitter)

Severe Weather Hits Texas with Flooding and Tornadoes: Two Dead, Others Missing

Flooding, tornadoes, and severe damaging winds have hit the central and southeast portions of the Lone Star state. Two are dead and others are missing after being caught up in rushing flood waters. Tornadoes have touched down in three central Texas cities causing damage. Flash flood watch and flood advisory warnings have been issued for east central and eastern regions.


El Niño Puts San Diego Homeless in Flood Danger

While California prepares nervously for the coming El Niño, a host of unwanted consequences from the expected rainstorms could prove troublesome for the drought-ravaged state–mudslides, flash floods and now, a threat to the state’s unsheltered homeless population.

Homeless Jerome Belton (Associated Press)

Video: Flash Flood Terror on SR 58

Video of last week’s flash flood and mudslides north of Los Angeles shows the first hand account of several occupants inside a vehicle caught up in a sweeping flow of sludge on October 15.

Mudslide (Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty)

Snakes on a Beach Courtesy of El Niño

Deadly sea snakes showed up this week on a California beach for the first time in over thirty years thanks to warm El Niño waters. Ana Iker was walking down the Silver Strand beach in Oxnard on Thursday with her

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El Niño ‘Tropical Train’ Slams West Coast

California picked up an average of about an inch of rain, with some mountain areas collecting 2 inches, as hurricane Linda brought the first of what is expected to be a “tropical train” of El Niño generated and other storms to the West Coast.


UN: El Niño’s Gonna Rock

The El Niño currently forming in the Pacific Ocean could potentially be the strongest weather pattern of its kind since 1950, the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) predicted Tuesday.

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El Niño: Party Time for California Almond Growers

The raging El Niño Southern Oscillation, a band of warm ocean water in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific, is about to cause droughts in southern Asia–and to bring enough rain to boost California almond production after years of drought-induced decline.

Almonds (HealthAliciousNess / Flickr / CC)

Forget El Niño: ‘PDO’ Could Flood California

While climatologists keep an eye on what could be an historic El Niño on the West Coast this winter, another, less-well-known weather pattern currently developing in the Pacific Ocean could end California’s drought and then some–leaving the Golden State up to its ears in rainfall for up to a decade.

California ocean (Evan / Flickr / CC / Cropped)