Wet Weather on the Way

Malibu’s lush green hillsides are a welcome site after the devastating Woolsey Fire. However, to achieve those neon hues that are brightening up our local landscape, we have had to endure a powerful El Niño weather pattern that will persist at least through February and could conceivably last through even June experts predict.

According to the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO), there is a 75-80 percent chance of an El Niño developing by February, and judging by the deluge of water we were hit with this month, El Niño is not only here, he’s planning on sticking around too.

Local meteorologist Jason Daniel Farhang has been watching weather models that suggest that a new pattern is just around the corner

“Latest solutions continues end dry weather by Superbowl 53! Southern CA needs to pay close attention for February 2019. Trending SuperBowl Of Storms in development.” wrote Farhang on his FB page … “… aggressive February storm continues to trend. Late next weekend atmospheric conditions will come into sync with return of rains for our region. Timing: February 3 – 8, 2019

Farhang explains the El Niño pattern weaver re currently experiencing more in-depth;

“We are in a classic El Niño weather pattern, the warming of Equatorial Pacific off coast of Peru and our coast. Warming off our coast 5 – 10 degrees warmer. Solutions since last week have been trending very wet and possibly above normal.  The moisture is possibly coming from Hawaii origin. However this El Niño pattern is acting different. Most of the storms have been coming from the polar jetstream not the subtropical jetstream. That’s why we have a colder air-masses driving into U.S and Alaska. Placement of our high pressure has been acting erratic.”

Farhang weighed in on weather systems ready to strike our coastline; “Big PACIFIC Storms are waiting for February. Current Atmospheric conditions ready showing impressive system lurking waiting to strike Southern CA.”

In other words, get ready to be hit with another wave of wet weather. Also keep in mind that El Niño patterns typically start around Thanksgiving and can last all the way until June.

Woolsey fire burn areas are particularly at rick for extensive damage from these storm as we saw when the area was soaked by multiples systems passing through this month.

Many neighborhoods in Malibu are at significant risk for mudslides and in the path of debris flow. Be prepared for the possibility of more evacuations if you are in those high risk areas.

We’ll have more updates on these weather patterns as we get closer to Super Bowl weekend.



Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over one million hits across her social media platforms.

Since 2020, Woods was the only journalist reporting on the on-going public corruption involving former L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington. Woods worked with Political Corruption expert Adam Loew, DC Watchdog organizations and leaders in the Capitol exposing Washington which ultimately led to the withdrawal of his nomination to head the FAA.

Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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