There was a news item today that scientists have declared this an (unexpected) El Nino year which will continue into the early part of 2007. Of course this happens to be the rainy season in Southern California … and could mean a much rainier season. Not that this year wasn’t rainy.
If you want to know what the last El Nino was like, here’s a 1997 report.
More alarmingly, this is a good time to remind ourselves that Los Angeles is not immune to hurricanes. We are normally protected by the deep and cold water off our shores, but in 1997 we almost had a big one. One more reason to keep that emergency kit well-stocked.
It’s interesting to note that
last year’s 2005-06’s rainy season (2nd heaviest on record) gave us over 37 inches of precipitation and the 97-98 El Nino gave us a little over 31 inches. But I guess it’s all about how much of that falls all at once. (Normal is about 14″ a year.)
Links: NOAA Advisory