El Nino winter coming, could relieve California’s drought

In this photo taken Friday March 27, 2015, low-flow water emitter sits on some of the dry, cracked ground of farmer Rudy Mussi's almond orchard in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta near Stockton, Calif. As California enters the fourth year of drought, huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and farmers whose families for generations have tilled fertile soil there are the prime suspects. Delta farmers deny they are stealing water, still, they have been asked to report how much water they’re pumping and to prove their legal right. Mussi says he has senior water rights in a system more than a century old that puts him in line ahead of those with lower ranking, or junior, water rights.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SAN FRANCISCO — Scientists are releasing encouraging news on the drought.

Scientists said an El Nino winter is coming together nicely, which could likely mean several drenching storms. Federal scientists released the new report Thursday.

They said the warm Pacific and trade winds are shifting, which are all signs pointing to a significant El Nino winter. They said the last really good El Nino winter was in 1997-98.

Scientists said they are still not sure if the El Nino winter would end the drought.

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