Warm Atmospheric River Aims Parade of Storms at U.S. West During La Nina Year of 2017

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A river of moisture arises from the Pacific Ocean and links up with a procession of enormous storms that bring heavy surf, flooding rains, and mountain snows to the U.S. West. It’s a weather narrative that one usually associates with a strong El Nino during winter time. But the powerful El Nino ended last year and it failed to bring the expected rains. Meanwhile, in early 2017, during a La Nina year in which typical trends would tend to point to drier conditions for the U.S. West, a procession of severe storms is now slamming into California.

El Nino Pattern During a La Nina Year

So what the heck happened? What could possibly cause such a crazy weather flip-flop in which record drought conditions extend through a time of El Nino but severe and extreme rains come with the onset of La Nina?

The answer appears to be that a…

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One thought on “Warm Atmospheric River Aims Parade of Storms at U.S. West During La Nina Year of 2017

  1. Thanks, Jim, for your efforts on exposing the crises of worsening Climate Change–on a Day of Infamy, with a sociopath, narcissist, bully-boy now in the White House, who makes fun of those who recognize the extreme dangers our planet is facing. Perhaps these storms will hit those red-neck, ignorant, white supremacist Trump supporters.

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