Parts of central and Southern California could be impacted by powerful mudslides this week, weather forecasters said, thanks to a massive atmospheric river that’s expected to hit the state late Tuesday. An atmospheric river, or a huge plume of subtropical moisture, could result in up to 5 inches of rain in coastal areas and valleys, and up to 10 inches of rain in foothills and mountains. (more…) By Madeline Farber | Fox News.
Heavy rain and snow is in the forecast for California this week including local areas that are at risk of mudslides because of recent wildfires. But there is an upside. All that precipitation is chipping away at a snow pack deficit in the Sierra Nevada mountains – the source of one-third of the state’s drinking water supply. December, January and February were unusually hot and dry. But March has been a different story. Since the beginning of the month, the Sierra snow pack has gone from 23 percent to 48 percent of average in terms of its snow to water equivalent. And more snow is on the way. (more…). By Jacob Margolis, KPCC
The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) today adopted the 2018 update of the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance, which provides bold, science-based guidance to help state and local governments analyze the risks associated with sea-level rise and incorporate sea-level rise into planning, permitting, and investment decisions. “Scientific understanding of sea-level rise is advancing at a rapid rate, and the latest data should be a concern to all Californians,” California Natural Resources Secretary and OPC Chair John Laird said. “Rising sea levels pose an immediate and real threat to lives, livelihoods, infrastructure, transportation, the economy and ecosystems in California, and our decisions must reflect that reality. We have an opportunity now to make smart, informed decisions that prepare our coastal and inland communities for change.” (more)