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A simulated "atmospheric river" makes landfall.

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Daniel Swain in New York Times: Atmospheric Rivers Are Back. That’s Not a Bad Thing.

Remember atmospheric rivers?

Earlier this year, they hit California’s collective consciousness in a big way, as the state reeled from the catastrophic flooding, mudslides and pounding rain they brought with them.

This week, much to the dismay of anyone eyeing a weekend outdoors, atmospheric rivers are back and forecast to pour cold water (and snow) on the Bay Area and other parts of California.

As Daniel Swain, a climate researcher and the author of the Weather West blog, put it: “Enjoy the upcoming 10 days of ‘Mayuary.’”

In March, I wrote about how Mr. Swain and other experts predict that such storms are part of increasingly extreme, climate change-driven weather whiplash.