For decades we were told that La Nina brings drought to southern California. Last year the exact opposite happened.
Jan. 7, 2011
La Niña, Southern California’s diva of drought, has been strangely silent.
San Diegans, used to doing rain dances when La Niña is forecast, have instead been swamped with 8.37 inches of rain so far this season — more than twice the normal amount.
“We’d like to know, too,” said Dan Cayan, a researcher for the U.S. Geological Survey and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, part of the University of California San Diego. “This is one of those cases that make us look foolish.”