Atmospheric Rivers in California, Dec 2022-Jan 2023

23 Jan 2023


A string of atmospheric rivers brought record rainfall, snow, and strong winds to drought-stricken California. The storms battered the state for three weeks, beginning the last week of December 2022, causing damaging flooding and landslides. The term atmospheric river refers to a long and powerful jet stream. At least 21 people were killed, millions were under flood watch and hundreds of thousands of customers were without power at some point throughout the state. Damage to homes and infrastructure throughout the state has been reported. The Bay area and central coast were especially hard hit. President Joe Biden has issued an emergency declaration for the state.


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