Friday, January 27, 2023

Flooding and Snow: The Meteorological Cocktail That Affects California – Climate

The United States still can’t seem to find the calm after the storm. After the bomb cyclone called ‘Elliott’ wreaked havoc across Canada and the northwestern part of the country, powerful snow And the wind gusts have moved towards the east coast in the form of torrential rain.

California’s famous Route 101 is cut off; It has become a river. Flooding is expected in the state where it will happen this Wednesday Third storm in less than two weeks, A fourth may arrive later this week.

the city of Oakland It has been one of the hardest hit by this latest episode with the heaviest rainfall in its history and various incidents. At least two people have died due to floods and landslides in the state. And about 235,000 homes have lost power in California and Nevada.

On Sunday, rural Point Pleasant in Sacramento County was empty to the attention. The Glanville Tract and Franklin Pond are at risk of the same if the Cosumnes River and Mokelumne River breach their banks. The storm is not over, and now Arkansas and Texas are at risk of tornadoes,

what is happening in california is known as Rio atmospheric, This phenomenon coming from the Pacific Ocean transports large amounts of water and concentrated moisture in the atmosphere. When this moisture reaches the West Coast and hits mountains like the Sierra Nevada, it rises, cools, and turns into rain and snow.

California’s storms are occurring much faster and with much greater intensity, and the scientific community is studying What does climate change have to do with this?, magazine already in august science advance published a study that warned of the risk of the region being hit by severe flooding.

“Climate Change Has Already Happened” doubled the probability of an event Capable of generating devastating floods, but likely to increase further due to continued temperature rise. In addition, runoff in future scenarios of extreme storms is between 200% and 400% higher than historical values ​​in the Sierra Nevada The publication states that due to an increase in precipitation and a decrease in the amount of snow.

for his part, ben clarkefrom the University of Oxford, and Friedrich Otto, Researchers from Imperial College London, have already told climate While it is not clear how much heavy snow has changed over much of Earth, “climate change may have increased their intensity in parts of eastern and northern Asia, North America and Greenland”.

California needed rain, but not like this. Dry It persisted from the beginning of the year till December and has made 2022 the driest ever recorded in the region. The devastation this new storm has brought makes recovery from water scarcity even more difficult.

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