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Thu May 16, 2019, 08:34 PM

California will get snow and possibly two months worth of rain from back-to-back-to-back 'atmospheri

Source: CNN



California is on track to get more rain in a week than it sees in two months, all from unseasonal storm systems rolling through. The National Weather Service's San Francisco office said that through May 22 the state is expected to get 150-200% of its normal monthly rainfall. It's all thanks to a series of "atmospheric rivers" that will set up over the Pacific Ocean, moving into California. Atmospheric rivers suck up water vapor from the ocean, transport it along narrow regions in the atmosphere and then dump precipitation in massive amounts on land, supercharging storm systems.

The second of three "rivers" is setting up still offshore, but it'll start bringing rain and snow to California on Friday through Saturday. Then a third system, albeit weaker, will move through the state next Wednesday to help push precipitation totals over record amounts. While the lower elevations will see rainfall, the Sierra Nevada will see even more snowfall. Some areas could see up to 30 inches of snow through Friday morning. The southern portion of the mountain range is already under a winter weather warning and officials say travel will be impossible at times.

Expected high winds won't help travel conditions either and are likely to cause power outages and down trees. These storms are unusual because they normally happen in winter. In fact, atmospheric rivers are responsible for pulling much of California and Arizona out of drought. The first atmospheric river moved through on Wednesday and is already dissipating. Before it did, it set daily rainfall records across the state. Venado, California, got 5 inches in one day, making it the wettest day in May in its history. The previous record for the northern California town was 3.28 inches on May 18, 2005.


Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/16/us/california-atmospheric-rivers-wxc/index.html

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Reply California will get snow and possibly two months worth of rain from back-to-back-to-back 'atmospheri (Original post)
ansible May 2019 OP
NutmegYankee May 2019 #1
yaesu May 2019 #2
NutmegYankee May 2019 #3
BigmanPigman May 2019 #4
mopinko May 2019 #5
elleng May 2019 #6

Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 08:39 PM

1. The Northern hemisphere is locked into a "Winter" pattern. It's bizzare.

New England has been a cold dreary place because of a - Arctic Vortex phase and a - North Atlantic oscillation phase. Where the hell was this in February?

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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #1)

Thu May 16, 2019, 09:46 PM

2. I seen the long range summer forecast released today & it shows warmer than normal temps

for you, Chicago west cooler & wetter than normal.

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Response to yaesu (Reply #2)

Thu May 16, 2019, 09:52 PM

3. I keep seeing that but it never arrives.

May was supposed to be above average too and well, it was the opposite.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 10:13 PM

4. I was just discussing this with my mom.

We need more snow pack in the Sierras and not run-off rain for Southern CA to benefit when the dry weather comes.

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Response to ansible (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2019, 10:38 PM

5. good. my brother needs to keep shoveling. lol.

he runs a ski camp in tahoe. ok, he has snowblowers. i dont think he actually shovels.
it's good for him, even tho he is an old man.
or because he is an old man.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #5)

Fri May 17, 2019, 10:20 AM

6. LOL!!!

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