"There is not necessarily a one-to-one correlation" between ocean temperatures and weather patterns, Jackson said. "Just because the temperatures are cooling does not mean the storms are going away."
The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center will be issuing a new three-month outlook next Thursday, but Jackson said he expects the wet weather in the southern regions of the country to continue through March.
"We can get these storms any time of year, but back in October and November, when we saw there were strong El Nino conditions existing, we know from looking back though the years that when we get (El Nino) events like this, rain will pick up usually in January, February and March," he said. "So this is one sign that we may be in store for a wet first quarter of the year."
Jackson added, "When we look back at all of our winters, February is always the wettest month, and that is especially true when we have El Nino conditions like this."