(VitalNews.org) – According to ABC News, Southern California just experienced a record amount of rainfall, but it may not be over yet.
On Monday, more than a month’s worth of rainfall fell within just three hours in San Diego in Southern California. The National Weather Service stated that the city saw its wettest January day on record and the wettest day overall in 100 years. Southern California got 2.73 inches of rain; the typical San Diego area can experience an average of 1.98 inches of rain for the entire month of January as a whole.
The whole coast of California has been getting hit with tons of rainfall. They got up to 9 inches in some parts of the region over the weekend. The forecast shows that San Diego and other parts of California are expected to get a lot more rain and this could be a problem for areas that are now struggling with flooding.
Forecasts and weather experts call this pattern of rain across California the El Nino Pattern. This pattern of weather and wetness is supposed to last over the next couple of weeks, and it could shape the way February forecasting will look. The forecast shows that these areas of California can expect to see another surge of wetness across the first week of February.
The “El Nino Pattern” is something that weather forecasters say includes multiple rounds of heavy rainfall and an overall long period of unsettled rainy weather. Experts also said that the El Nino pattern could be brought on more by humans affecting the climate and global warming.
The experts have also explained that this weather will most likely be coming from “atmospheric rivers”, which are essentially pathways in the atmosphere that collect moisture from tropical and humid areas, to then distribute it to other areas, California being one of those areas. With this being said, experts are claiming that climate change can be expected to alter the intensity and frequency of these atmospheric rivers.
The concerns arise as experts discuss the likelihood of potential flooding, mudslides, and other issues that may come as an influx of rainfall and water enters certain areas. It’s especially concerning for places that are expected to get rainfall consistently throughout the next few weeks.
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