California banking on El Nino to break severe drought

May 15, 2014 10:20 PM

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California banking on El Nino to break severe drought

California doesn't have much chance for rain in the next five months, and its best opportunity to break the drought there may hinge on the emergence of an El Nino in the Pacific Ocean this year, US forecasters said Thursday.

The entire state is suffering some form of drought, as is 38.1 per cent of the contiguous 48 states, according to the US Drought Monitor. As California's traditional rainy season has just ended, there won't be many chances for relief until October or November, said Mike Halpert, acting director of t...

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