Storms, snow, ice accumulation, bitter cold temperatures…severe winter weather often produces prime conditions that can lead to winter flooding. The entire US has potential for winter flooding—even places where it is historically not an issue. Read more about winter and spring weather conditions that are capable of unleashing flood-producing moisture.
This is a flowing, river-like vapor of condensed water from the tropics. When an AR makes landfall, the water vapor is released in the form of rain or snow and can cause extreme rainfall and floods. A well-known example is the Pineapple Express—a strong AR originating near Hawaii to the west coast of the US.
Atmospheric River Facts
This is a fierce and fast-growing storm resulting from warm air colliding with cold air, which is why it often it associated with winter. It becomes a bombogenesis because the atmospheric pressure drops rapidly as the two air systems create a vacuum.
The word is derived from a combination of bomb and cyclogenesis. A cyclone occurs in the Northern Hemisphere and is a column of rising air that spins counter-clockwise to create lowered atmospheric pressure.
The North Atlantic region is often the recipient of bombogenesis events, but they occur over much of the US.
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