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El Niño Arrival Is Too Little, Too Late for Drought-Ridden California

Mashable: Congratulations are in order for the tropical Pacific Ocean. An El Niño event that has been forecast for at least the past year finally arrived on Thursday, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an "El Niño Advisory." However, like a late-arriving guest to a charity auction, El Niño showed up after all the bidding was done, as it is now likely that California will experience a fourth straight year of drought. El Niño events, particularly strong ones, can favor...

An Entire Summer’s Worth of Rain Fell on New York in Just a Few Hours

Mashable: The same unusually strong August storm system that brought five to eight inches of rain to the Detroit area on Monday night, paralyzing travel and flooding homes and businesses, dumped an entire summer's worth of rainfall on one Long Island town in just a few hours on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. In the New York City metro area early Wednesday, more than a foot of rain fell in just a few hours, causing extensive flooding on Long Island. As of 10 a.m. ET, Islip, New York had received 13.27...