SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Scientists report that the developing El Nino is gaining strength, which is good news for San Diegans hoping that in the months to come the area could see steady showers and some relief to the drought conditions.
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During the last 18 months, San Diegans have seen record setting temperatures, and some are ready for a change.
"Is it coming they say El Niño is going to bring us some good, good showers this year we're hoping for,” said Paula Skittone.
Come this fall, climatologists say the wait could soon be over.
"What's different is that now we're looking at an El Niño that rivals some of our strongest El Nino's since 97-98, 82–83 so perhaps giving it a name might do it justice,’ said Alex Tardy with the National Weather Service.
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The name of this El Nino is Godzilla, referring to its predicted magnitude. It's developing now near the equatorial Pacific Ocean and is slated to pack a punch.
"Reaffirming the fact that El Niño is here, it's present, it's a large area of warm water and it's going to continue to expand and get stronger as we go into the winter,” explained Tardy.
Even with the anticipated El Nino, California still won’t be clear of the statewide drought.