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El Niño could arrive to help California

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Rodrigo Cokting
Staff writer

Sunday, February 23, 2014, 1:43 PM -

There could be some good news for those living in California. The Golden state might finally be in for some rain, and not just in the near future.

Forecasters are predicting some rain this week, as well as next winter. 

El Niño, the phenomenon that involves the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean to warm up, is showing promising signs. Of course, that isn't good news for the entire world. El Niño, spanish for "the child" (a reference to Jesus Christ) can severely reduce the Monsoon season causing droughts in India. 

For California, however, the rain it could bring would be a sweet relief. The state has been victim of one of the worst droughts in their history, relying on more water than it has access to. 

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Agriculture in the area has been several affected and the state has begun to take more drastic measures. Some cities have begun rationing supplies of water and banning outdoor watering. Some question the effect of places like the Coachella Valley, which along the cities and farms has plenty of golf courses that require a vast amount of water. Some local farmers are pushing officials to address the situation, asking for more reservoirs to be built. 

One thing that definitely would help would be the arrival of El Niño next year. Early analysis had determined the likelihood of arrival at 36 per cent. Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has raised it to 49 per cent. An international paper published earlier this month said El Niño had a 75 per cent probably of happening. 

Experts will continue to keep a close eye on the situation.

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