Strong El Niño Chances Have Gone Up. Here’s What It Means For California

El Niño is a climate pattern characterized by warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

The chances of a strong El Niño event occurring this winter have increased to 70%, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

El Niño can have significant impacts on weather patterns, including increased precipitation in California and other parts of the western United States.

This could be good news for California, which has been experiencing a severe drought for several years.


However, El Niño can also bring destructive storms and flooding, which could pose a risk to communities in vulnerable areas.

It's important for residents and officials to prepare for the potential impacts of El Niño, including by taking steps to mitigate flood risks and conserve water.

Overall, the increased likelihood of a strong El Niño event underscores the importance of understanding and addressing the impacts of climate change on our weather patterns.