California’s strengthening storms mean more billion-dollar disasters

Mashable | Dec 4, 2019 at 7:01 PM
  • A deluge so extreme hit Northern California in late February 2019 that a news photographer spotted a man rowing through town in a garbage dumpster.
  • Acknowledging that “more frequent and greater extremes in floods and droughts are likely,” federal and state agencies are now testing ways to release water from California’s reservoirs ahead of powerful atmospheric rivers (or other weather events) called Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations, or FIRO.
  • Overall, the total amount of annual rainfall in California isn’t expected to change much — but climate scientists project more intense deluges when it does rain.