Newsweek reports that one northern California reservoir gained 5 feet of water after two atmospheric river weather systems in January 2024. BY MONEY TALK NEWS
Newsweek reports that one northern California reservoir gained 5 feet of water after two atmospheric river weather systems in January 2024. BY MONEY TALK NEWS

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Daniel Swain for The Sacramento Bee — What is ARkStorm? No, a megaflood is not going to sink California this week

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses the ARkStorm for The Sacramento Bee, sharing how it is a hypothetical disaster-preparedness scenario developed by scientists, including the U.S. Geological Survey, to explore the potential consequences of a once-in-a-thousand-years megastorm event that would cause flooding as devastating as the Great Flood of 1862. “Such floods don’t happen every year; in fact, in the past they didn’t even occur every lifetime,” Swain said. Swain notes that while an ARkStorm 2.0 scenario is possible in a lifetime as climate change increases the risk of a megaflood, it’s not something that is likely in the current week.