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This Heat Wave Doesn't Mean El Niño Has Forgotten Us

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It's February, sunny and climbing up into the 80s. This might leave you wondering what happened to El Niño. SoCal is dealing with a mass of high pressure in SoCal and Nevada, which is holding off storms, according to the L.A. Times. So, things are pretty warm, windy and dry around these parts. Meanwhile, Northern California has had plenty of rain this El Niño season.

However, professor Alison Bridger, who teaches meteorology and climate science at San Jose State, informed KPIX 5 that El Niño is still in effect and that these weather patterns are actually pretty common.

"We always have a mild spell in February. It lasts for 1 or 2, maybe even 3 weeks, and then it'll get cool and rainy again," she said.

National Weather Service forecaster Steve Anderson told Mercury News in San Jose that, "We've got all the way through March to get rain. There's plenty of time left."

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Both Anderson and Bridger advise—as do other experts—that we enjoy this weather while we can. Like these folks: