EL NIÑO

CALIFORNIA vs. EL NIÑO

2015-2016 EDITION

The strongest El Niño on record
occurred in 1997, bringing...

$550
MILLION

in total damages caused in California1

$1,288

in average homeowners repair costs2

40%

more weather-related homeowners claims2

Are you at risk?

Find out how much rain your area got during the last major El Niño event of 1997-19981 by entering your zip code in the box.

Light Rainfall
Heavy Rainfall

Click or touch to see the average rainfall during 1997 to 1998.

Rainfall data for 1997-98 provided by NOAA.

Light Rainfall
Heavy Rainfall

Be prepared. Ensure these areas of your
home are in good condition.

Interior

  • Seals and weather stripping
  • Breaker box with switches labeled
  • Windows are free of cracks and chips

Exterior

  • Evaluate roof for loose shingles or cracked tiles
  • Inspect foundation for cracks
  • Check for gaps in flashings

Landscape

  • Remove dead branches or trees near property
  • Sandbag wall if near a creek or river
  • Blocked drains in yard

Download a more comprehensive checklist that includes homeowners insurance advice and provides a list of items to include in a disaster kit.

  1. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (1998 April).
    National Climatic Data Center: The El Niño Winter of 1997-1998 retrieved from ncdc.noaa.gov
  2. Mercury Insurance (1997-1998). [Homeowner Claims Damage]. Unpublished raw data.

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