Daniel Swain in Inside Climate News: A Surge From an Atmospheric River Drove California’s Latest Climate Extremes
Research suggests that much of the state will endure more extreme precipitation events that drive floods, mudslides, and debris flows. It could get worse. Stronger atmospheric rivers are part of California’s “whiplash” climate future, said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research. “One of the things that’s really clear, the intense ones are going to become much more intense,” he said.