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El Nino Likely, but Will it Bring Rain to Sacramento?

 
El Nino Likely, but Will it Bring Rain to Sacramento?
Posted Tuesday, June 17th 2014 @ 12pm  by KFBK News - Tim Lantz

Forecasters are offering a slim hope that the California drought could be broken during the next rainy season.

After several years of dry weather, it appears there's a really good chance El Nino conditions will develop in the Pacific, but then comes the question of what kind El Nino we'll see around Sacramento.  

National Weather Service Meteorologist Brooke Bingaman says it depends on a shifting jet stream.

"Because we're further north then the jet stream track during an El Nino year, it doesn't always guarantee that we're going to have a wetter winter," Bingaman said. 

Bingaman says regional models are all over the place as far as the strength of a possible El Nino season next winter.  

It may be summer's end or early fall before there are better indicators on how much rain or snow could be produced in the Sacramento area.

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