The West Coast of North America is subject to intense winter storms during El Niño climate events. Storms associated with El Niño significantly change the character of coasts. Storms also pose threats to homes, roads, and other structures that are relatively safe during normal conditions.
at Monterey Bay, California following El Niño-related
storms in April 1998.
Lakeport, CA experienced flooding following El Niño-related winter storms in 1998.
Extreme beach erosion occurred
in Pacifica, California from a series of severe
storms associated with El Niño in February
This landslide occurred
north of San Francisco, California after the
hills were saturated by El Niño-related rains
in April 1998.