California is bracing itself for two atmospheric river storms that are expected to bring flooding and heavy snowfall across the state. Over the next several days, these storms are set to hit California, posing a significant risk of floods and up to 4 feet of snow.
An atmospheric river is a narrow corridor in the atmosphere that transports water vapor from the tropics towards the poles. When it makes landfall, it can result in intense precipitation. Northern California is particularly prone to these weather systems due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The impending atmospheric rivers are expected to bring warnings of heavy rain, possible flooding, and high winds, triggering storm preparations across the state.
A flood watch is in effect for parts of SoCal as the first of two atmospheric river-fueled storms is now less than 24 hours away. Eyewitness News meteorologist @ABC7Dallas is live with the critical storm track forecast. Tonight at 11 from ABC7 https://t.co/fDeHhZQsxW pic.twitter.com/5IeT7yC8iB
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) January 31, 2024
Last year, a series of atmospheric rivers brought rain and flooding to parts of California. During the storms in March, two tornadoes even struck in certain areas. This year, Californians are once again preparing for an atmospheric river storm that’s expected to bring heavy rain and damaging wind gusts.
The latest atmospheric river in California flooded neighborhoods and closed major roadways on Tuesday.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 22, 2023
A series of about a dozen atmospheric river storms lashed California in rapid succession last winter, causing mass evacuations, power outages, and significant damage. The Pineapple Express, another form of an atmospheric river storm, is known for its firehose effect of flooding rain, heavy snow, and fierce winds. It has also been reported to be heading towards California.
The imminent storm is predicted to bring heavy rain to the valley, strong winds, Sierra snow, and flooding concerns. The most severe conditions are expected from Wednesday through Thursday morning.
In response to these forecasts, residents are being urged to prepare for possible power outages and to have emergency supplies on hand. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation and are prepared to issue evacuation orders if necessary.
While the state often struggles with drought conditions, these intense storms can lead to destructive flooding. As such, understanding and predicting these events is crucial for managing water supplies and mitigating flood risks.
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