More Floods and Evacuations in California--Plus Wind Gusts Topping 190 MPH

By: Bob Henson and Jeff Masters, 21 02, 2017 18:50 GMT

The atmospheric river that slammed the central third of California on Monday left its mark in multiple ways, including what could end up as the highest reliably recorded wind gusts for the state (see below). Fortunately, the storm underperformed somewhat when it came to rainfall, much like its older sibling that hit southern California last Friday. Rainfall amounts in Bay Area cities on Monday came in well short of the potential suggested by multiple model runs, alt...

Updated: 21 02, 2017 19:47 GMT

Dangerous, Multipronged Storm Strafing Central/Northern California

By: Bob Henson, 20 02, 2017 17:57 GMT

What may become known as the President’s Day Storm of 2017 barreled into the San Francisco Bay area on Monday morning. The core of the storm was an atmospheric river roughly 75 to 100 miles wide, pointing a firehose of moisture toward vulnerable foothills and urban areas. With soils already sodden, the risk of flash flooding was high, and the tail end of the storm promised to bring ferocious winds into the area that could knock out power for many thousands of resi...

Updated: 21 02, 2017 12:55 GMT

No Rest: Another Round of Intense Rains Heading for Central and Northern California

By: Bob Henson, 19 02, 2017 16:08 GMT

While southern California tries to dry out from Friday’s watery onslaught, yet another atmospheric river will be pointed at central and northern California from late Sunday through Monday, exacerbating the woes of what’s already been a record-wet winter to date across the northern Sierra. Precipitation totals of 10” or more are possible early this week across parts of the Feather River watershed feeding into Lake Oroville. This is bound to push lake levels tow...

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Updated: 21 02, 2017 12:55 GMT

Epic Storm Pounds Southern California With Heavy Rain, High Wind and Huge Waves

By: Jeff Masters, 17 02, 2017 17:20 GMT

The epic assault of the winter of 2016 - 2017 on California continued on Friday morning as torrential rains, damaging winds and huge waves from a massive and powerful Pacific storm system pounded the Golden State. Carrying with it an “atmospheric river” of moisture originating in the subtropics near Hawaii, Friday’s storm was most dangerous because of its heavy rains. According to the National Weather Service in Oxnard, California, Friday and Saturday could b...

Updated: 18 02, 2017 19:16 GMT

January 2017: Earth's 3rd Warmest January on Record; Lake Oroville Water Levels Drop

By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 16 02, 2017 17:38 GMT

January 2017 was the planet's third warmest January since record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) on Thursday. Along with NOAA, NASA also rated January 2017 as the third warmest January on record. The only warmer Januarys were 2016 (highest) and 2007 (second highest). Global ocean temperatures during January 2017 were the second warmest on record, and global land temperatures were the third warmest on record. G...

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Updated: 18 02, 2017 18:32 GMT


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Cat 6 lead authors: WU cofounder Dr. Jeff Masters (right), who flew w/NOAA Hurricane Hunters 1986-1990, & WU meteorologist Bob Henson, @bhensonweather

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