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El Niño Brings Much Needed Liquid Gold to California

What a difference a year makes. An El Niño year typically brings in much more moisture to California, and so far this year is proving that scenario. El Niño is here and this ‘little boy’ is packing a punch. This year’s El Niño could be the strongest since record-keeping began.

Sea surface temperatures are running neck-and-neck with warming rates of 1997. California snowpack is more than double the past two years as of November 30th. Currently the water equivalent snowpack average for the state is 56 percent, making it a great start to the winter season.

Last year the state was sitting at 19 percent and in 2013 only 13 percent of normal. Not only is this great for the watersheds in the state, but for tourism and the ski resorts as most of the ski resorts are open. In the short term, another winter storm is moving into the state which could bring up to a foot of snow to the Sierra Nevada through Thursday.

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Only time will tell if this pattern continues to bring more snow to the Sierra Nevada.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Mike Witcher
(Headline image: Cal Trans District 3)

El Niño: 1997 vs. 2015 Visualized by Region
Typical El Niño Winter Weather Pattern

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