l.a. river is a living experiment

Daniel Swain with WNYC Studios: Black Holes, California Megaflood. Feb 22, 2019, Part 2

UCLA’s Daniel Swain talks about the atmospheric river and flooding in California with WNYC Studios. 

“When it floods in California, the culprit is usually what’s known as an atmospheric river—a narrow ribbon of ultra-moist air moving in from over the Pacific Ocean. Atmospheric rivers are also essential sources of moisture for western reservoirs and mountain snowpack, but in 1861, a series of particularly intense and prolonged ones led to the worst disaster in state history: a flood that swamped the state. The megaflood turned the Central Valley into an inland sea and washed away an estimated one in eight homes. What would happen if the same weather pattern hit the state again?”