Waves crash into a seawall at Mondo’s Beach in Ventura County in January 2016 during an El Niño storm. (LA Times)

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Daniel Swain for LA Times — Is El Niño’s reputation as a legendary rainmaker overblown?

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain highlights El Niño’s acknowledges El Niño’s significance in forecasting while highlighting its unpredictability for LA Times. “El Niño is never going to be a slam dunk. It’s always going to be a tilt in the odds,” Swain said.