Scientists have come up with a new way to figure out how much winter rainfall is going to occur in California - simply check out what was happening near New Zealand over the previous seasons.

They're calling it the New Zealand Index, and it's more accurate than the previous method of predicting rainfall, which was based on El Niño and has become unreliable due to climate change, according to researchers at the University of California, Irvine.

There's an Unexpected Weather Connection Between New Zealand And North America

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