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A cyclist rides along recently installed temporary flood control walls along the L.A. River in Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed about three miles of temporary barriers along the river through Griffith Park, Atwater Village, and Silver Lake, to increase the amount of water the river can hold during El Nino season. Where did El Nino go? Ten days with record heat and no rain have Californians worrying about the drought again. The dry spell came after a strong El Nino dropped near-normal rain and snow this winter, raising hopes that four years of record dry conditions might be over. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Bloomberg) – The conventional wisdom was that California, especially the southern part of the state, would be awash this winter with rain in the valleys and deep snow in the mountains. El Nino was on the way to save the day. There were voices of caution: State Climatologist Mike Anderson had been telling people since last year that the Pacific Ocean warming wasn’t a guaranteed drought cure.


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