El Niño is far from finished

Pat Brennan, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Satellite images of strong El Niños, in 1998 and today. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The large and powerful El Niño in the eastern tropical Pacific has yet to deliver much winter rain to Texas, or the anticipated torrential rains to Southern California—an almost daily problem for Bill Patzert, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s quotable oceanographer. “No matter where I go—whether it’s JPL or Whole Foods or talking with reporters—everybody has a simple question: Show me the rain,” Patzert says. But it might just be a case of expectations outrunning El Niño itself. The massive pool of warm…