Atmospheric River Might Flood Driest Place in America

A flood watch has been issued for the driest place in North America as an atmospheric river continues to dump extreme precipitation throughout California.

The atmospheric river arrived on Sunday and wreaked havoc with extreme rain, snow and excessive winds. The storm adopted an identical system that introduced a deluge of rain to the state final week, resulting in saturated floor liable to flooding with the second system. Catastrophic flooding did happen, significantly in Los Angeles County. The Nationwide Climate Service (NWS) has issued a flood look ahead to Loss of life Valley Nationwide Park because the storm strikes east. The park is the most popular place on Earth.

Atmospheric rivers are outlined as a “lengthy, slender area within the ambiance—like rivers within the sky—that transport a lot of the water vapor exterior of the tropics,” in response to the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Heavy rain from final August’s Tropical Storm Hilary contributed to the formation of a lake not seen in years, at Dangerous Water Basin close to Furnace Creek, California, on December 15, 2023. This week, extra rain…


The NWS issued the flood watch within the early morning hours on Tuesday, and it’ll stay in place all through the afternoon. “Flash flooding brought on by extreme rainfall continues to be potential,” the alert warned.

To this point, .73 inches of rain has fallen at Furnace Creek, California, in Loss of life Valley, which is 190 ft beneath sea degree. NWS meteorologist Clay Morgan known as the rainfall complete “spectacular” and informed Newsweek that as much as .1 to .2 inches of rain continues to be anticipated to fall within the desert.

If sufficient rain falls in Loss of life Valley Nationwide Park, a short lived lake can type. The same lake fashioned after Hurricane Hilary introduced a deluge of rain to California final August.

After Hilary flooded the area, movies of individuals kayaking by way of Loss of life Valley abounded on social media. The lake prompted momentary closures on the nationwide park, which reopened in October.

Roadwork and repairs have been ongoing since Hilary struck, in response to a Nationwide Park Service webpage. Morgan mentioned he expects that after once more standing water from the atmospheric river is in Loss of life Valley’s salt flats.

Precipitation totals on the decrease elevations of Loss of life Valley are a lot completely different from these within the mountains. Loss of life Valley is a mountainous area, with a few of its peaks extending greater than 11,000 ft excessive. Along with floods on the decrease elevations, the atmospheric river is threatening heavy snow for areas above 6,000 ft, together with a few of the peaks at Loss of life Valley Nationwide Park.

As much as 8 inches of snow is forecast. The warning additionally was in place for Inyo County’s Japanese Sierra Slopes and White Mountains and can stay in place till 4 p.m. native time.

“A Winter Storm Warning for snow means extreme winter climate circumstances will make journey very hazardous or unimaginable,” the NWS warning mentioned. “In the event you should journey, preserve an additional flashlight, meals and water in your car in case of an emergency.”