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Break out the umbrellas start building some arks, El Niño in the Pacific Ocean is becoming even stronger – according to scientists – setting the stage for a really wet winter in California.

“It’s official. El Niño’s here. It’s a done deal,” said Bill Patzert, climatologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge told the L.A. Times.

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center said El Niño is already strong and mature and it is expected to be among the three strongest recorded since 1950.

Patzert said that El Niño usually hits in January, February and March – and that you should expect “mudslides, heavy rainfall, one storm after another like a conveyor belt.”

Read more about it in the L.A. Times story, here.


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