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A Whole Lot of Rain Is Finally Heading Toward Parched California

  • Weather pattern shift promises storms through mid-month
  • `Miracle Marches do happen,' a California hydrologist says
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El Niño Is Coming Back: Here's What You Need to Know

Ever since a monster El Nino was detected in the Pacific last year, Californians have been anxiously waiting for it to dump torrents of rain on the drought-scarred land. Now, after weeks of frustration, it appears that those expectations will be met.

March, the tail end of California’s traditional wet season, is shaping up to be a soaker. A shift in atmospheric patterns is sending high pressure into the eastern U.S., raising temperatures there while opening the door to an El Nino-fueled train of large, wet storms in the West. While the downpours are unlikely to end California’s drought, they’re poised to push reservoirs higher.