la nina

Last rainfall season was a big one for the Central and South Coasts, with above average rainfall for many drought impacted local communities.

Oxnard had 135% of average rainfall, Ojai 121%, and Lake Cachuma recorded136% of normal rainfall.  But, could we be headed back to a drought year? 

After five years of drought, California finally had some substantial rainfall.  But, researchers say some new drought conditions may be developing.

(NASA Photo)

El Nino was a boom for Northern California, and a bust for Southern California during the last year. Now, some experts say as we approach what should be our rainy season, we appear to be poised on the Central and South Coasts for another year of record drought.

Dr. Bill Patzert is an oceanographer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. He says there are growing signs of a La Nina pattern developing, which can set the stage for less than average rainfall for the state.

Many people thought it was going to help ease the drought, but for the Central and South Coasts, El Nino has turned out to be a disappointment. As the days pass by, many climatologists say the possibility that we’ll see more badly needed rainfall from El Nino fueled storms is diminishing.