Changes in sea surface conditions are also apparently responsible for recent hot, muggy weather in the Bay Area, as well as an increased number of shark and mountain lion sightings, KRON-4 reports.
Though El Niño would bring much-needed rain to California, too much water could be detrimental -- heavy showers in Southern California last Friday caused the elevated portion of Interstate 10 near Desert Center to collapse, and additional hurricanes and typhoons are expected along the Pacific Coast this season.
Guess we may as well lean into it and embrace the famous words of one Hilary Duff: "Let the rain fall down and wake my dreams. Let it wash away my sanity."
Lucy Meilus is a staff writer for Thrillist and says bring it on, El Niño. Just kidding, sounds super scary. Bye. Follow her on Twitter at @Lucymeilus and send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.