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California Braces For Another Atmospheric River, Potential Flooding

California is getting ready for another atmospheric river, which is expected to bring heavy rain to Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ventura counties, among others.

Author:Suleman Shah
Reviewer:Han Ju
Mar 14, 202340 Shares1.1K Views
California braces for another atmospheric riverthat is expected to bring heavy rainfall to several counties, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ventura.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning, and emergency response teams are on high alert to prepare for the incoming storm.
More than 30 million people in California were under flood watches Monday that encompass much of the state, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno and Sacramento.
The bulk of the storm is predicted to batter Northern and central California beginning late Monday and Southern California starting Tuesday.

California Snow Storm Watch: Another atmospheric river expected as flood concerns continue

Weather Forecast

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the atmospheric riveris expected to hit California on Tuesday and last through Wednesday.
The NWS has issued a flood warning for several counties in the state, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ventura.
The storm is expected to bring significant rainfall, with some areas potentially seeing over 10 inches of rain.
The heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding, mudslides, and debris flow in burn scar areas, which could pose a threat to public safety.
It's expected that this next set of storms will dump even more snow on top of the two weeks' worth that have already fallen. Forecasters believe that melting snowpack will contribute to the persistence of flooding over the next few days.
As of Monday night, the Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service has issued a Level 4 of 4 danger of extreme rainfall along the coast from parts of Monterey County in central California southward to Santa Barbara.
The National Weather Service predicts that the rain will begin to increase in intensity late on Monday, and that it will mix with snowmelt to trigger further floods on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Large swaths of central California are expected to have "significant flooding consequences" below 5,000-foot altitudes through Tuesday, according to forecasters. Further rain and snowmelt could cause already swollen creeks and streams to exceed their banks.
Even though precipitation totals during this upcoming storm will be far from historic, the impacts will be probably greater than the precipitation totals would otherwise suggest.- UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain

Previous Incidents

California has already seen significant rainfall this year, with many parts of the state experiencing record-breaking precipitation. However, despite the welcome relief from the drought, the excessive rainfall has also brought its fair share of problems, including flooding and landslides.
In January, heavy rains caused flooding and mudslides in several parts of the state, including the Central Coast and the San Francisco Bay Area. In February, a storm caused a massive sinkhole on a highway in San Francisco, leading to its closure.
After a lethal atmospheric river, which is a lengthy, narrow band of precipitation that can deliver saturated air hundreds of miles like a fire hose, we get this fresh wave of dangerous weather. It will be the eleventh winter storm to hit the West this year.
Research demonstrates that over the past two decades, as global temperatures have reached record highs, the severity of water-related disasters throughout the world has grown.
The latest storm in California has the potential to worsen floods and other devastation in certain areas. Mudslides, surging rivers, destroyed bridges, and inaccessible roads have forced inhabitants of central and northern California to seek refuge in evacuation centers.

Precautionary Measures

The state and local authorities are taking proactive measures to prepare for the incoming storm. Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a state of emergency declaration for several counties, and emergency response teams are on high alert.
Residents in affected areas are advised to stay tuned to local newsand weather updates, prepare emergency kits, and heed any evacuation orders.
The situation is dynamic and evolving. Construction crews have continued working to stabilize the levee and engineers are focusing on both short and long-term fixes. The flood division is reaching out to other levee managers in the region ahead of the storm to ensure safety and stability.- California Department of Water Resources Flood Division Manager Jeremy Arrich

Climate Change Impact

The atmospheric river is a reminder of the ongoing threat of extreme weather events, such as floods and droughts, that have become more frequent and severe due to climate change.
While California is taking steps to adapt to these challenges, it highlights the need for more aggressive action to address the root causes of climate change.

Final Words

As California faces yet another extreme weather event, it highlights the urgency of addressing the root causes of climate change.
While the state and local authorities take proactive measures to protect the public and ensure their safety, it serves as a reminder of the need for more aggressive action to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
The incoming storm also showcases the resilience of Californians and their ability to come together in times of crisis.
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Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah is a researcher and freelance writer. As a researcher, he has worked with MNS University of Agriculture, Multan (Pakistan) and Texas A & M University (USA). He regularly writes science articles and blogs for science news website and open access publishers OA Publishing London and Scientific Times. He loves to keep himself updated on scientific developments and convert these developments into everyday language to update the readers about the developments in the scientific era. His primary research focus is Plant sciences, and he contributed to this field by publishing his research in scientific journals and presenting his work at many Conferences. Shah graduated from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (Pakistan) and started his professional carrier with Jaffer Agro Services and later with the Agriculture Department of the Government of Pakistan. His research interest compelled and attracted him to proceed with his carrier in Plant sciences research. So, he started his Ph.D. in Soil Science at MNS University of Agriculture Multan (Pakistan). Later, he started working as a visiting scholar with Texas A&M University (USA). Shah’s experience with big Open Excess publishers like Springers, Frontiers, MDPI, etc., testified to his belief in Open Access as a barrier-removing mechanism between researchers and the readers of their research. Shah believes that Open Access is revolutionizing the publication process and benefitting research in all fields.
Han Ju

Han Ju

Hello! I'm Han Ju, the heart behind World Wide Journals. My life is a unique tapestry woven from the threads of news, spirituality, and science, enriched by melodies from my guitar. Raised amidst tales of the ancient and the arcane, I developed a keen eye for the stories that truly matter. Through my work, I seek to bridge the seen with the unseen, marrying the rigor of science with the depth of spirituality. Each article at World Wide Journals is a piece of this ongoing quest, blending analysis with personal reflection. Whether exploring quantum frontiers or strumming chords under the stars, my aim is to inspire and provoke thought, inviting you into a world where every discovery is a note in the grand symphony of existence. Welcome aboard this journey of insight and exploration, where curiosity leads and music guides.
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