ONTARIO (CBSLA.com) — El Niño conditions are causing massive snowstorms in the Northeast and flooding in the Midwest. But Southern Californians are basking in record-breaking temperatures in the upper 80s.
What happened to El Niño that was supposed to ease the Golden State’s drought, which is entering its fifth year?
So, where is El Niño? February is normally one of the wettest months of the year. Weather experts said a blocking ridge of high pressure is keeping the rain away from Southern California. The National Weather Service’s Sacramento office said El Niño is taking a 5-10 day break.
That’s welcome news for some who like the hot weather. “Where is it? I don’t see any sign of it. So, we just enjoyed a weekend in San Diego and were swimming and having fun in the pool and by the beach. Felt like summer,” Julie Martinez of Ontario.
In Ontario on Monday, kids were splashing around. But they were not playing in the rain. The moisture came from the misting machines that helped some young soccer players cool down.
“Last week, we had our big coats on, and now we’re in our summer clothes. So, it feels good,” said Jeremiah Sorian of Chino Hills.
But there is some good news for the drought. The California Department of Water Resources reported that the state’s snow pack is at 130 percent, well above average for this time of year.
But still, many wish it would rain more. “We need the rain. But right now, it’s not there. Let’s enjoy what we got,” said Arzell Dupree of Ontario.
But do not put your raincoat and umbrella away just yet. There are still supposed to be about two more months of rain left.