El Niño, Where Art Thou?

You remember the predictions. By now, California was supposed to be soaking wet in torrential rains, weathering the strongest El Niño storm in nearly two decades. Instead, much of the state is battling a winter heat wave, with Californians preparing for yet another dry and sunny weekend at the beach.

So, what gives? Can we discount all those dire warnings and finally put our umbrellas away?

Not so fast, says Alison Bridger, professor of meteorology and climate science at San Jose State.

“We always have a mild spell in February, it lasts for 1 or 2, maybe even 3 weeks, and then it’ll get cool and rainy again,” Bridger said. “In fact, I’m telling all my friends, ‘Enjoy it while you can.’”

Other experts agree.

"El Niño is still there, still strong," warns National Weather Service forecaster Steve Anderson. "We've got all the way through March to get rain. There's plenty of time left."

Like Bridger, Anderson is advising people to enjoy the warm weather while they can. Consider it one more reason to head for the sand.

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