Browning Newsletter: El Nino Could Bring Drought Relief to California

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Rise in Snowpack Feeding Colorado River Minor in Long-Term Drought

We could see El Nino conditions beginning in the summer. This would be a boon for U.S. grains, for fruits and vegetables and overall good for world crops.

While the snowpack that feeds the Colorado River is expected to produce 5 percent more water this year, noted climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss of the Browning Newsletter says the main event that could bring more serious relief from the Western drought is a potential El Nino brewing in the Pacific.

“California is seeing snowpack that is 23 percent of normal and the state’s reservoirs are at 63 percent, so any increase may help a parched California,” said Browning Garriss, who serves as editor-in-chief of the 37-year-old Browning Newsletter.

“While the 5 percent increase is a minor thing in a long-term drought, consider it an appetizer. The Pacific still looks as though it will produce our main course: an El Nino. If the El Nino develops into a long event that continues into next winter, it will bring a lot of good moisture to California.”

Browning-Garriss predicted the California drought in published reports this past October (along with the recent extremely cold winter). The Browning Newsletter is long known for being one of the most accurate reports on climate in the world.

Both the record-breaking cold and drought are caused by a dynamic jet stream shifting the cold far north in the West and far south in the East. While California is experiencing its worst drought in a century, it’s not the only state facing problems—56 percent of the lower 48 states are in dry or drought conditions.

“We could see El Nino conditions beginning in the summer,” said Browning-Garriss. “This would be a boon for U.S. grains, for fruits and vegetables and overall good for world crops.”

Evelyn Browning-Garriss
Evelyn Browning-Garriss is a historical climatologist. She advises everyone from Texas cattle raisers to Midwestern utilities and Canadian banks about what the coming season will bring. She has spent more than 30 years as a business consultant, editor and author explaining the impact of changing climate on economic and social trends. Editor of the Browning Newsletter, Evelyn has authored or co-authored five books on the changing climate’s impact on water supplies, agriculture, business and terrorism. For the past 20 years she has taught professional seminars, lectured and/or conducted international seminars across the United States, Europe and Asia.

Her audiences have been as diverse as the 5th Army Office of Civil Emergency Preparedness, Texas A&M University, the Cárilec organization of Latin American electrical utilities, and the American Feed Industry Association. She has consulted with the military, universities, municipal and provincial governments, public utilities and private businesses such as Credit Suisse, Transcanada Pipelines, Scotia Capital, Nomura and Mirae Assets. In addition to her work as editor of the Browning Newsletter, she provides daily briefings, consulting and contract research for businesses and investors. For more information, please visit

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