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El Niño Stirs up Storms in California

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California’s stormy weather can be attributed to this season’s El Niño, which is now in a tie for the strongest ever recorded. Los Angeles International Airport reported a daily record rainfall of 1.42 inches on Tuesday. Heavy flooding caused land and mudslides in the Golden State. With more systems to follow, three to five inches of additional rain could slam the coast by the weekend.

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During winters marked as El Niño, the Pacific jet stream amplifies the storm track, directing moisture towards the southwest. This week, NOAA believes the current El Niño has peaked at 2.3 degrees Celsius above average. This is the same anomaly recorded in the 1997-1998 El Niño season. The maximum temperature is usually recorded in the early stages of El Niño, meaning conditions could persist into early Spring.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Monica Cryan

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