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Old 07-09-2009, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Pacific Beach/San Diego
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I wasn't living out here the last time El Nino came through. How did it affect the different parts of California last time?

El Nino conditions return to affect weather (AP) | Yahoo! Green
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Old 07-09-2009, 09:58 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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For quite a few summers during the huge El Niño in the early eighties, the humidity at the coast was unbearable. That's unbearable as in So Cal native standards. I'm sure someone from the South or Midwest would have wondered what all the complaining was about. I know I was miserable working outside as I did back then.
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:00 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Additionally, I seem to recall an overabundance of rain in the Winter and early Spring.
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:01 PM
 
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Last one was 95, it dumped rain. We could use it!
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:18 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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It depends on the strength of the El Nino, but even then it can be somewhat unpredictable. Not all El Nino years bring more rain and all the other effects they talk about. Some El Nino years we get drenched, some there is hardly a difference. I just hope this one brings A LOT of rain like in 2005 to get rid of this damn drought.
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:51 PM
 
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The last of El Nino rained the entire year, every day, hard and constant rain. It was too much and hope it isn't anything like that. People were sick all the time. La Nina was very mild and I barely remember it.
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:47 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Good fishing
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:42 PM
 
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Let me correct some bad info others wrote. But first, here's a site you can browse at your leisure to get all the facts:

CPC - Climate Weather Linkage: El Niño Southern Oscillation

The most recent El Nino was in 2006:

Climate Prediction Center - Monitoring & Data: ENSO Impacts on the U.S. - Previous Events

It was quite unusual in that it did not result in above normal rainfall for that rainy season, in fact, we came up short that season. Lesson learned - although El Nino may result in higher than normal rainfall, there is no guarantee of that.

The El Nino prior to that, 2002 - 2004, was more classic - we had wetter than normal and slightly warmer than normal winters.

The doosey was not in 1995, it was in 1997 - 98. Although, there was a previous, moderate El Nino in 1994 - 95.

Generally, but not guaranteed, El Nino means a more prolific rainy season and slightly warmer than normal winter temps. And conversely, La Nina generally means some degree of drought, and colder than normal winters. Note that we had a La Nina 2007 - 2008 and it was the driest rainfall year on record.
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Old 07-13-2009, 05:17 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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I am El Nino, which is Spanish for "El Nino."

Does anyone remember that Chris Farley sketch from SNL? Good stuff!

Anyways, I remember the El Nino we had back int he 90s where it rained almost everyday for 3 months. Although it wasn't a lot of fun down where I lived, I believe the local ski resorts stayed open through the end of May due to all of the snow that accumulated over the winter.
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:05 AM
 
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I am El Nino, which is Spanish for "El Nino."

Does anyone remember that Chris Farley sketch from SNL? Good stuff!

Anyways, I remember the El Nino we had back int he 90s where it rained almost everyday for 3 months. Although it wasn't a lot of fun down where I lived, I believe the local ski resorts stayed open through the end of May due to all of the snow that accumulated over the winter.
lol!

wait, was that the one where he was wearing some mariachi suit with some crazy background?
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