Rain may be in the Los Angeles forecast for this weekend, but the last month or so has been so hot that rain skeptics are totally forgiven. February was the second hottest February on record for LA (it was very close to being the number one); temperatures in DTLA hit 80 degrees or more on 11 days last month, says the Daily News. And rain? It was nowhere to be found: Only 21 percent of the average rainfall came to LA in February. Usually, Downtown gets about 3.8 inches; this February only .79 inches fell.
Extreme #drought still entrenched but lessening grip in #CA & #NV. https://t.co/YBE9JQoznR via @DroughtGov pic.twitter.com/kI1UxXL5Ea— NOAA (@NOAA) March 3, 2016
Super hot and super dry weather has been blamed on "a dome of high pressure" that's pushed storms away from SoCal and up north, where it's been at work setting up the snowpack.
But El Niño isn't totally gone yet. In fact, the ocean-warming weather event is getting credit for a weekend storm that's expected to hit the northern part of the state but not quite leave SoCal behind, say our friends at Curbed Ski.
This weekend's forecast calls for a storm that will "wallop the region this weekend, bringing the threat of flooding, mud slides and big surf," says the Daily News, citing an alert from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA predicts that over the weekend "much of Southwest California could receive between one and two inches of rain through Monday."
There are also possible storms in the cards for late next week. Once again, it's too soon to declare El Niño down for the count.
Rain mainly late Sat thru Mon with 1-2 inches possible and 2-4+ inches in yellow/orange. #LArain #ElNino pic.twitter.com/OGLevqZbUJ— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) March 3, 2016
Weekend storm still on track. Check the latest graphic below for details. #LArain #ElNino #cawx pic.twitter.com/ZFP3xbcLVD— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) March 3, 2016