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River of Moisture, 2.0

River of Moisture, 2.0

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, February 19, 2017/Categories: natural history, video, space science, sustainability, environment, adventure , climate change

              Infrared, visible, and water vapor scans, 2-19-17 (credit: NOAA GOES satellite)

It has been less than 2 weeks since the USA West Coast and especially California experienced an atmospheric "river of moisture" and another storm system is fast approaching. Some are calling this series of storm pulces that will hit could be 'off the charts'. California has gone from an extreme drought to now having far more water than the State can handle safely.

The environmental monitoring capabilities of NOAA's and NASA's GOES satellites and the forecasting skills of Scripps Institution of Oceanography have provided real-time maps to visualize the big-data sets being produced by the geo-stationary robots.


             Water Vapor "Pulses" Hit California and West Coast, USA 2-19-17 (credit: Scripps Institute of Oceanography)

The amount of rain and snow that will fall from these new storms is hard to predict but it will add further to the huge volume of water that has drenched California since the new year began. More landslides can be expected from the super-saturated mountains similar to what occurred in Angeles National Forest outside of San Bernardino just before the new storms approached California. As climate change continues unfolding more footage like this will likely be captured.



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