Atmospheric Rivers

Graeme Aggett
January 21, 2023
California rainfall

A series of atmospheric rivers have delivered up to 10 inches of rain to Northern California, causing widespread flooding and scattered debris flows. At least three other storm systems are forecast by the NWS to be on the way in the next seven days, bringing more widespread flooding. While this intense rainfall brings a welcome dent to the drought that’s gripped California, the storms have barely taken the state out of being classified as being in an “exceptional” drought. It’s unlikely the years-long drought will be busted, but a deeper dent in the deficit is at the very least probable.