ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2015) — This winter, Anaheim is expecting something we haven't seen much of lately — rain.
From December through spring, Anaheim could see heavy rainfall from El Niño, where warmer Pacific Ocean waters bring higher than normal precipitation to Southern California.
Anaheim last saw a major El Niño in the late 1990s, when nearly 20 inches of rain fell on the city from December to March, and almost a year's worth in February 1998 alone.
The late 1990s rainfall was nearly double what Anaheim sees in an average year and an astronomical increase from the drought conditions we've seen in recent years.
Across California, the extreme weather of the last major El Niño brought overflowing flood channels, flooded streets and communities and, sadly, some deaths.
With winter just around the corner, the city of Anaheim is preparing for potential heavy rains. Now is the time for you and your family to start thinking about winter rains before major storms start passing through our area.
There are some basic, simple steps you can take to be rain ready, whether it is being weather alert by tracking forecasts or by having a plan for your home, family, vehicle and pets.
One of the best ways to start preparing is by getting to know your neighbors and sharing contact information and readiness plans.
In the next few weeks and months, look for more from the city of Anaheim on ways to prepare for and deal with heavy winter rains. For more, please visit www.anaheim.net/BeRainReady.