The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization (NOAA) has predicted a potentially record El Niño storm pattern, affecting California and points eastward along a southern track. February and March could see the most rain events, but the weather pattern would affect weather through early May.

Adding to the significance of El Niño is the fact that California has experienced a drought since 2012 according to the Palmer Drought Severity Index. The change from an extreme drought to a major El Niño will increase the consequences of the weather change.

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