2020-21 Driest water year because of La Nina, then previously less than the 2001-02's
dry water rain season mark, because it was Not an El Nino or La Nina year, then driest El Nino of 2006-07 year,
I remember the 2009-10 Moderate El Nino from January 17-22, 2010 that brought the Pineapple Express an atmospheric river from Hawaii, with rain and wind, flooding, then tornado hit in Huntington Beach,
In 2010-11 was Strong La Nina wet year, brought Pineapple Express heavy rain in December 15 to 22, 2010, then on March 20-27, 2011. It was a La Nina year.
There has definitely been some response to the El Nino! I really think the La Nina's of 2010-11 and 2011-12 has put California in such bad shape but they desperately needs the rain, and it is nice to see that things have finally turned around. The problem is when it comes so fast, because the ground can't absorb so much rain at a time and just like we've seen the past couple of months.. has led to mudslides and flooding.
Also with the strong pacific jet bringing in pacific air to a large part of the United States, the majority of the nation has been allowed to warm. Of course this would be bad news for winter lovers like myself but with the active southern jet, it's hard not see any big snows looming in the future that are so common with El Nino winters. Right now I'm patiently waiting to board the next one (the Siberian Express)
Here's to hoping for more rain in California and more snow on the east coast for all of us ski fanatics!
As a resident of Southern California, I am extremely happy to see the rain and snow coming in to reduce our drought. My question and concern is, will the "Pineapple Express" continue long enough to erase our drought this winter? . .. given the Farmer's Almanac's prediction of less than normal rainfall for Southern California this winter?
Remember, I am a guest blogger and don't create the official Almanac forcast. I write the Browning Newsletter.
My observations are that there is a great opportunity for large areas of California to end their short-term drought. However, the state has been draining its underground waters and the long-term drought will linger. A single year like this is not enough to replace all that missing underground water.