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 feedi
ng 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.
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