Holy ‘Atmospheric River,’ More Rain, Flooding Coming To California

Over 560,000 California homes and businesses as of Sunday are without power after being hit with roughly a week of heavy rain coming off the Pacific Ocean, and more precipitation is expected this week.
Waves crash into a seawall in Pacifica, Calif., Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. California weather calmed Friday but the lull was expected to be brief as more Pacific storms lined up to blast into the state, where successive powerful weather systems have knocked out power to thousands, battered the coastline, flooded streets, toppled trees and caused at least six deaths. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

At a glance

  • At least six people – including a toddler killed by a fallen redwood tree crushing a mobile home in northern California – have died as a result of the severe weather that arrived New Year’s weekend,
  • Forecasters are now warning about another “atmospheric river” – dense, moist tropical air for the state Monday that will bring rains and as much as two feet of mountain snow.
  • The National Weather Service is warning about the cumulative effect of record river levels and flooding across much of Central California.

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