This week’s California Storms

We’re getting a breather today (Thursday) and Tomorrow from the storms.  We had more rain Tuesday and Wednesday than we had all last year.  The rain is projected to return on Saturday.   I doubt that is enough time for those in the mountains and foothills to dig out of the mud. Hopefully, it will be enough time for the flooded underpasses to dry out.   The question now: is this an El Niño storm?  I had my doubts because the weather is much colder now than it was during the last El Niño storm season in the late 1990’s.

I see on the Pacific Coast Radar Weather Map from Intellicast that a large part of the storm is heading toward the Pacific Coastline from the Central Pacific, which would be consistent with an El Niño.  But, I also see that southwestern storm system is joining up with a conventional storm from the North Pacific coming down from Alaska.  They are merging off the coast of Oregon and then moving toward the California coast.  Thus, we have the volume of a southern storm system with the temperatures of a northern storm track storm.

Note:  I didn’t imbed the animated map because it wasn’t clear that I had a legal right to do so.  Just click on the link above if you want to see the interactive map.

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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