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.
A blogger for the NOAA has also referred to El Niño as "Bruce Lee," which just seems like a missed opportunity to hop on how hot mixed martial arts are right now. Bruce Lee/Godzilla is expected bring about heavy winter rains in California and the southern US, but officials are warning Californians not to get too excited about all the water: "A single El Niño year is very unlikely to erase four years of drought," Kevin Werner, the NOAA's expert on climate in the western US told the Times.