La Niña dry winter prediction fails in 2010, experts agree

This fall experts, including the Forest Service, were predicting a strong La Niña condition likely to produce a dry winter, with heat and Santa Ana winds.

The oceanic pattern developed, but the prediction? 

Bzzzttt! Wrong. Here in Ventura County, we're at roughtly 150% of normal, and got pounded by about six inches of rain over the weekend, stranding literally dozens of hikers, including both a Sierra Club outing and a Boy Scouts outing, in the backcountry, requiring rescue. More rain is expected this week.

Leader of the forecasting pack Bill Patzert admits: the predictions were a bust

I have a rain gauge, but my old wheelbarrow makes the point more impressively…


Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

One thought on “La Niña dry winter prediction fails in 2010, experts agree

  1. Maybe in Southern Cal, but I don’t think their forecast was a bust here in central Florida…we are dry, dry, dry, and fires are sprinkled around the region.



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