With a paltry season total of 5.32 inches of rainfall so far, let’s hope the forecasters at the National Weather Service in Hanford aren’t pulling an early April Fool’s Day prank. That’s because the first day of next month is the best chance for appreciable rainfall, and every drop will be vital for what is already predicted to be a long summer.
Incredible as it may seem in the midst of an unprecedented drought, all that saturated ground and 24-hour rainfall totals of 5 inches in Washington that produced a deadly mudslide might be what’s in store for California in 2015. The water temperature in the equatorial region of the Pacific is already rising in temperature and starting to look like a building El Nino.
El Nino conditions in the recent past like those of 1969-70, 1983-84, 1994-95, 1997-98 and 2006-07 produced above average precipitation. The 1997-98 event was the strongest El Nino ever recorded. Typically, an El Nino occurs once every five years.