The Pacific Ocean’s “bomb storm” unleashed a furious storm that swept across California Sunday. It ravaged drought-stricken Northern California with torrential rains, wind damage, flooding, and even mudslides.
Inundation of the Bay Bridge toll station in Oakland by floodwaters caused chaos in the San Francisco Bay Area. According to the National Weather Service, Sacramento, there could be “potentially historical” rainfall in downtown Sacramento.
On Twitter, the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center said that conditions will “continue to deteriorate”. Strong winds, heavy rain, and high surf will have major effects. Starting tonight, heavy snow will fall in Sierra Nevada.
The storm was forecast to pound some areas with a foot of rain while dumping up to 8 feet of snow over the mountains, forecasters said. Road closures were required in areas that were affected by wildfires.
On Twitter, the Sacramento weather service stated that “If you’re close to a burn scare it may not be possible for you to evacuate.” Do not cross any debris flows. You should take refuge on the top floor.
Bomb cyclones are formed when the pressure of air drops quickly and the storm becomes explosively stronger. AccuWeather Meteorologist Jon Porter explained that this phenomenon pulled deep tropical moisture out of the Pacific and created an “atmospheric stream”. He described the river as a “firehose of moisture in the sky” capable of unleashing intense rain and mountain snow.
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According to Porter, the most intense storms were in California’s northern and central regions and Oregon’s southern parts. The worst of the rains lasted into Monday. Rainfall of up to 2 inches an hour may come “too fast and too furious,” leading to serious flooding and mudslides that could threaten lives and property, Porter added.
On Twitter, the National Weather Service Bay Area announced a number of flash flood watches. It stated that “main concern will be 2020’s burn scars and urban and small stream flooding possible as heavy rain bands passes through Sunday afternoon/night.”
“Flooding, rock slides, chain controls, overturned vehicles – and that was just this morning,” the California Transportation Department tweetedSunday The atmospheric river storm is forecast to get worse with more heavy rains and substantial snow until tomorrow. Don’t drive if it is not necessary.
Parts of Oregon were under siege from strong winds and heavy rains. Pacific Gas & Electric saidIt had many workers available to help in an emergency.
Southern California was also not spared. Parts of western Santa Barbara County were under an evacuation warning in the area recently burned by the Alisal Fire, now 97% contained but not before it burned through 25 square miles.
Rain is needed in the region. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency last week for California, noting three years of drought in the West.
Seventeen major wildfires are burning in California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Wildfires have burned almost 2 million acres in California in 2021 alone. AccuWeather’s Porter believes that these storms will bring an end to the wildfire season across much of the region.
Porter stated that the rainfall will come about one month earlier than average, and it will be greatly appreciated in fighting remaining fires in Northern California.
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AccuWeather reported that snow will fall from elevations of over 8,000 feet to then descend to elevations of around 6,000 feet by Monday.
Rich Putnam of AccuWeather, Senior Storm Warning Meteorologist said that because of the humidity aiming towards the Sierra Nevada’s northern and central Sierra Nevadas, snow can easily reach heights of 60 to 100 inches above the 8,000 foot mark.
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