The Los Angeles River is swollen by storm runoff during an atmospheric river storm on Monday. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images
The Los Angeles River is swollen by storm runoff during an atmospheric river storm on Monday. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

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Daniel Swain for Vox — How California’s torrential, life-threatening storms got so bad

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses the recent torrential storms in California for Vox, highlighting how atmospheric rivers, fueled by the strong ongoing El Niño warming pattern in the Pacific Ocean, have triggered floods, snowstorms and power outages.