There’s a 95% chance of an El Niño occurring between December 2023 and February 2024, the National Weather Service said in its September update.
In addition, there’s a two-in-three chance it will be a “strong” El Niño, NWS says.
Meanwhile, the California Coastal Commission has updated its webpage at www.coastal.ca.gov with El Niño information and resources. Commission staffers say they want residents to click on the link to learn vital information.
“We are kind of raising the flag on this,” commission Chair Donne Brownsey said at the commission meeting on Sept. 6 in Eureka. “Every single day there is a new report about the warming ocean, the rising seas, and the accelerated melting of the Arctic. It just goes on and on. This is a harbinger that is really scary.”