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Rivers of Rain

Rivers of Rain

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, January 8, 2017/Categories: natural history, space science, sustainability, climate change

         Atmospheric Water Measurement Graphic for Atmospheric Moisture, 1-7-2016 (credit: CW3E)

California is experiencing 'rivers of rain' from a combination of weather systems off the West Coast currently. The Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography created an infographic from satellite measurements of the atmospheric moisture contained within the waves hitting the California coast. A so-called 'Pineapple Express' can occur when two weather patterns alter together.

Upwards of 15 feet of snow may fall in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and flooding could result from burned hillsides after years of extreme drought. The deluge from the mid-Pacific rains will help California's water supplies but multiple storms of such magnitude would be required to restore depleted reservoirs and aquifers in the state. The Weather Channel described the potential for floods and snowfall from the current 'rivers of rain'. Californian's aren't complaining.

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