Local climatologist predicts a wet winter, but warns the drought isn’t over yet

Dec 28, 2016

Rain Storms Threaten Parched Southern California With Mudslides

Bob Lavezzari clears ashen mud from his street in a neighborhood threatened with a possible major mudslide below a burned hillside as a storm brings rain in the midst of record drought.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images


Los Angeles received about five times the amount of rain this December than it did last.

William Patzert, a climatologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has attributed our wet winter to several changes –including a dissipated “blob” and an absent La Niña. Though this is good news, Patzert said it’ll take more than a single rainy season to quench our drought.

Guest host Patt Morrison speaks with Patzert and Daniel Swain to find out more about what’s in store for Southern California’s weather forecast.

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William Patzert, a climatologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Daniel Swain, NatureNet Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

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