An atmospheric river runs through it

From the area, it looks almost graceful: a slender column cascading from the Pacific Ocean, spilling gently onto the California coast.

California is enduring the effects of an atmospheric river, a weather phenomenon in which converging air systems funnel moist air into a prolonged river

"Atmospheric rivers can carry volumes of water, in many cases that of the Mississippi River, doing it all within the air overhead,"

says Dr. Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA, the National Center for Atmospheric Studies, and the Conservancy. of the California Nature.

Daniel joined Quick Wave's Aaron Scott to give an explanation of where those "rivers" of air come from, how the weather trade is feeding more of them

and why he's much more likely to have heard of them if he sticks around. on the west coast of almost any continent.

This episode was produced by Thomas Lu, edited by Gabriel Spitzer, and verified by Abe Levine and Rebecca Ramirez

Brendan Crump is our podcast coordinator, Beth Donovan is our senior director of programming, and Anya Grundman is our senior vice president of programming.

Need More Stories