On Thursday, NOAA forecasters gave an update on the impending El Niño -- the climate phenomenon involving abnormally warm Pacific surface temperatures -- saying it could be the strongest on record. Also, a NASA climatologist said this: "This definitely has the potential of being the Godzilla El Niño."
So, apparently El Niño will now be using its atomic breath to bring massive storms to the West Coast.
According to the NOAA, the Pacific continues to see warmer than average temperatures, and there is a 90% chance that El Niño will continue through the winter and into the spring. Images released by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory show that this El Niño is stronger than the 1997 El Niño was at this time.
Bill Patzert, the NASA climatologist who thinks complex weather patterns are giant reptilian sea monsters, was no less spirited when speaking to the LA Times, saying: "Everything now is going to the right way for El Niño... If this lives up to its potential, this thing can bring a lot of floods, mudslides and mayhem." We'd expect nothing less than mayhem from something that has previously gone head-to-head with King Kong.