Unusual Warm Weather Brings Record-Breaking Temperatures in Bay Area

Scientists said each El Niño season is a little different, and patches of dry weather can be normal.

With some spots in the Bay Area reaching record-breaking temperatures on Monday, many are wondering what happened to El Niño storms?

Scientists said each El Niño season is a little different, and patches of dry weather can be normal.

In the South Bay, dozens of people flocked to the Stevens Creek Reservoir in Cupertino on Monday to enjoy the warm weather. The creek is at 70 percent of capacity, which is the highest level of any reservoir in the Santa Clara Valley Water District system. The Lexington Reservoir in Los Gatos is the lowest in the district and sits at 23 percent of capacity.

Meteorologist Jan Null said the rain systems we saw move in and move out of the Bay Area are typical El Niño behavior. But Null added the last two weeks of dry weather do not match up to what we saw from El Niño storms in 1997 or back in 1983.

"We have not seen that rain fall continue like we've had in the past El Niños," Null said. "If we get normal rainfall through the rest of the year, we are going to be taking the edge off the drought. But it's not going away."

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