El Nino "too little, too late" for California drought

Mar 5, 2015 1:56 PM by Associated Press

A long anticipated El Nino has finally arrived. But for drought-struck California, meteorologists say it's too little, too late.

The National Weather Service on Thursday proclaimed the phenomenon is now in place. It's a warming of a certain patch of the central Pacific that changes weather patterns worldwide. It's associated with flooding in some places, droughts elsewhere, a generally warmer globe, and fewer Atlantic hurricanes.

But Mike Halpert of the weather service's Climate Prediction Center said this is a weak, weird and late version of El Nino, so don't expect too many places to feel its effects.

Last year, some experts were hoping that El Nino would help the southwestern droughts because moderate-to-strong events bring more winter rain and snow to California. But this El Nino arrives at the end of California's rainy season and is quite weak.

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