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Amid talk of fires, not rain, climatologists defend a so far shy El Niño




A sand berm created by city workers to protect houses from El Nino storms and high tides is seen at Playa Del Rey beach in Los Angeles, California.
A sand berm created by city workers to protect houses from El Nino storms and high tides is seen at Playa Del Rey beach in Los Angeles, California.
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It’s supposed to reach nearly 90-degrees in parts of Los Angeles today, just hours after recording-breaking hot weather swept through with Santa Ana winds on Monday -- so where’s the cool, wet El Niño we've been promised now for months?

It’s difficult to tell what’s happening when it’s like no El Niño we've ever seen before. To explain what they’re seeing and what to expect, we talk with two of California’s leading climate scientists.

How does El Niño's rainfall stack up?

 

Guests:

William Patzert, a climatologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Daniel L. Swain, PhD candidate with the Climate and Earth System Dynamics Group, Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University