Federal Forecasters Predict an El Nino for the Ages

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California is currently experiencing El Nino. That's right, this hot weather is part of El Nino, which is characterized by unusually warm water in the equatorial Pacific, not the giant storms we often liken it to. But that's not to say there won't also be rain. New data from federal meteorologists say there's a 95 percent chance that El Nino will last through the winter and bring plenty of heavy rain and possible flooding. We discuss what the weather system may mean for California's drought, answer your El Nino questions and hear what cities and individuals can do to cope with extreme weather.


Craig Miller, KQED science editor

Daniel Swain, author of the California Weather Blog and a PhD candidate in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University

Laura Tam, sustainable development policy director for the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)

Mike Dayton, administrator for the City and County of San Francisco