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2015 El Nino on the way!

The figure above shows the sea surface temperature anomalies in the tropical Pacific as of November 26th, 2015. In the eastern tropical Pacific the SSTs are as much as 4oC above normal, signaling a very strong El Nino this coming winter!

Some El Nino events have brought increased amounts of winter-season precipitation to California and this coming winter may therefore bring much needed precipitation. However, El Nino is a short-lived event and even enhanced precipiation this winter cannot offset the loss of water resources in California over the past five years of drought.