Big storms are expected this winter, prompting warnings of El Nino in Southern California. A Jet Propulsion Laboratory expert who is sounding the alarm of the potential hazardous conditions made an appearance in Santa Monica Tuesday. JPL climatologist Bill Patzert has been tracking El Nino activity on satellites for months and he’s convinced Southern California will be slammed with what he’s calling a “Godzilla” storm this winter.

“As we move into winter looking ahead to January, February and March, this El Nino is a monster and I guarantee you it’s going to deliver,” he said. Speaking to members of Heal the Bay and the public at the Santa Monica Aquarium, Patzert said Southern California should expect very heavy rainfall and storms that could trigger flooding and mudslides. The last two major El Ninos happened in 1997 to 1998 and 1982 to 1983. CONTINUE