The ocean temperature in the equatorial Pacific is three degrees above normal and translates to a potential for one of the biggest El Ninos ever recorded. Weather-watchers are saying "it's too big to fail."
But one drenching does not a drought-buster make though it could be enough to refill California’s reservoirs now less than 50 percent of capacity.
October storms have produced nearly one-half inch of rainfall locally (Three Rivers, Calif., at 1,000 feet elevation). The violent thunder and spectacular lightning, such as that which occurred on Wednesday-Thursday night (October 14-15), is typical of moisture-laden energy from the south colliding with cooler air from the north.