Heavy rain could cause businesses and homes to flood in western California this week from the upcoming Atmospheric River event in California.
WHAT IS AN ATMOSPHERIC RIVER?
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an atmospheric river is “a flowing column of condensed water vapor” that moves through the atmosphere and cools, producing heavy amounts of rain and snow. The NOAA says powerful atmospheric rivers could cause flooding and even mudslides.
SNOW, RAIN, and WIND PREDICTIONS (1/25/2021):
Winds: High winds to 55 mph will occur Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday afternoon from coastal northern California into the Bay Area, and the Lower Sacramento Valley. High winds will continue into Thursday morning along the central California coast.
The rain and snow is good news in a state experiencing a severe to extreme drought, but it has prompted a flash flood watch because of how quickly it’s set to fall.
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