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El Niño may be getting too much credit for California rainfall
El Niño may be getting too much credit for California rainfall

Few things in the world of Southern California weather generate more curiosity, research, debate and occasional trash talk than El Niño. El Niño storms have brought some of the region's heaviest drenchings, but experts say they are also among the most fickle, misunderstood and misinterpreted of weather phenomena. With California in a severe drought, El Niño is often mentioned longingly as a savior. But it's not that simple. Take this week's rain. It came from the kind of warm, subtropical storm often served up during an El Niño year. So was it an El Niño storm? Answering that question is tricky, said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist...

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