Residents stand along a flooded street in Santa Barbara, California, as a powerful atmospheric river pummels the region. The storm has caused landslides, power outages, and road and airport closures across Southern California. Mario Tama/Getty Images
Residents stand along a flooded street in Santa Barbara, California, as a powerful atmospheric river pummels the region. The storm has caused landslides, power outages, and road and airport closures across Southern California. Mario Tama/Getty Images

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Daniel Swain for NPR — The storm system affecting California through Tuesday

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses the role of climate change in the recent atmospheric river storm in California for NPR. “The intensity of recent atmospheric rivers is almost certainly affected by human-caused climate change, says Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles.”