an ‘atmospheric river’ is set to soak much of california

Daniel Swain in Vox: Mudslides, snow, and flash floods: an atmospheric river has soaked California

A massive, gushing river in the sky — a mile high, more than 300 miles wide, and carrying up to 15 times the amount of water in the Mississippi River — has drenched huge swaths of the West Coast. 

UCLA’s Daniel Swain has been following the atmospheric river and reported that it  brought more snow to northern California in a day than parts of New England have seen all winter. Redding, a city in California’s Central Valley, got more than 13 inches of snow.