Report: El Nino winter coming, could mean milder WNY winter

In this photo taken Friday March 27, 2015, low-flow water emitter sits on some of the dry, cracked ground of farmer Rudy Mussi's almond orchard in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta near Stockton, Calif. As California enters the fourth year of drought, huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and farmers whose families for generations have tilled fertile soil there are the prime suspects. Delta farmers deny they are stealing water, still, they have been asked to report how much water they’re pumping and to prove their legal right. Mussi says he has senior water rights in a system more than a century old that puts him in line ahead of those with lower ranking, or junior, water rights.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(WIVB) — Scientists are releasing encouraging news on the drought plaguing California.

Scientists said an El Nino winter is coming together nicely, which could likely mean several drenching storms. Federal scientists released the new report Thursday.

They said the warm Pacific and trade winds are shifting, which are all signs pointing to a significant El Nino winter. They said the last really good El Nino winter was in 1997-98.

The report increases probabilities for a stronger El Nino with greater longevity to last through this coming winter. If this occurs, it would lessen probabilities for another excessively cold winter in the western New York region and increase probabilities of a milder than average winter.

Scientists said they are still not sure if the El Nino winter would end the drought.

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