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California warned to brace itself for this year's 'El Niño'

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 14/10/2015 | 15:14

Extreme weather like this in the Bahamas in 2011 could be part of a more common El Nino weather phenomenon
Extreme weather like this in the Bahamas in 2011 could be part of a more common El Nino weather phenomenon
Chart showing El Nino's likely path Credit: Accuwaether.com

Forecasters have warned that 2015's 'El Niño' will impact severely on both California and the eastern seaboard of the United States.

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El Niño refers to when prolonged warming occurs in the Pacific Ocean and sea surface temperatures rise, having a knock-on effect on weather conditions.

The phenomenon occurs every two to five years and wreaks most havoc during the winter season.

"Confidence continues to grow that this will be one of the stronger El Niños over the past 50 years," Brett Anderson of Accuweather said.

It is predicted that California will experience significant rain and snow this winter.

Large deluges of rain can lead to problems on the ground in California.

Locals will be bracing themselves for flooding and mud-slides, which could prove devastating for home and property owners.

However, it's not all bad news - El Niño  will bring much-needed mountain snow to California, which is essential to fill reservoirs during the spring.

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