A series of storms are expected to hit California this weekend, but the anticipated rain is not likely to bring the state anywhere near back to normal. Since Oct. 1, the traditional start of the "water year," Los Angeles has received 5 inches of rain. That is one-third of the average, or at least the average before the epic four-year drought began.
"Dónde está El Nino?" asked Josh Willis, a NASA climate scientist at JPL. He's not the only one. Last summer, Willis' colleague predicted the forming weather pattern would be "The Godzilla of El Ninos," one that was "too big to fail."
For a while, that prediction looked like a good one. Storms hit California in January, sending the snowpack 115 percent above normal.