California hopes for drought relief from El Niño

Scientists have been debating for months whether the weather system known as El Niño (Spanish for ‘the Boy’) is going to bring heavy rain and welcome relief to drought-stricken California.

California is now suffering from severe drought. Image by Lloyd Morgan / CC BY-SA 2.0

California is now suffering from severe drought. Image by Lloyd Morgan / CC BY-SA 2.0

The latest verdict is that the system is ‘too big to fail’ and that the state will have a much wetter winter than normal. That’s the good news in a region where water restrictions have become ever more stringent after several dry years, but the bad news is that there’s the negative effect of too much rain on parched ground, with the likelihood of flooding and landslides. Read more: latimes.com

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