Feb 10, 2016

90s in February? This is not what California was expecting from a ‘super El Niño’

California
USA
by
Angela Fritz
,
Washington Post
A surfer takes advantage of the warm weather at Huntington Beach, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Photo: Ed Crisostomo, AP
A surfer takes advantage of the warm weather at Huntington Beach, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Photo: Ed Crisostomo, AP

Southern California is roasting in record heat this week — not at all what was expected in mid-February during a “super El Niño.” Where is all the cool weather and drought-busting rain? One climate researcher says that even though this El Niño is among the strongest on record, it lacks important features that influence West Coast weather.