"Major" atmospheric river storm hits California amid "relentless" rains
The most powerful in a "relentless parade" of atmospheric rivers is bearing down on California today through Wednesday. It brings with it the likelihood of widespread flash flooding, river flooding, mudslides and staggeringly high mountain snowfall totals.
Why it matters: The whiplash from a bone dry to flood-prone state is a demonstration of how human-caused climate change is accentuating California's naturally fickle precipitation patterns.
While flooding, power outages and landslides threaten Californians in the near-term, these storms are boosting reservoir levels, severely depleted by the Southwest's megadrought.
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