El Niño storms will come late, hit hard experts say

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Although the Ojai Valley has had a few recent rainy days, experts say the biggest storms will arrive later and will be stronger than had been predicted.

Kit Stolz, Ojai Valley News correspondent

A team of scientists from Columbia University presenting climate research last week estimated that the El Niño warming event currently building in the Pacific Ocean will bring above-average rainfall to Southern California but later in the year than has been previously reported, likely from February to April.

“El Niño’s impacts are likely to be stronger in late winter than in early winter,” said Bor-Ting Jong, of the university’s Lamont-Dougherty Earth Observatory, presenting a climatological and oceanographic paper at the American Geophysical Union’s annual fall meeting in San Francisco.

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