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More rain, snow expected in storm-battered California, following days of mudslides and floods

More rain, snow expected in storm-battered California, following days of mudslides and floodsCalifornians were in clean-up mode Friday as the state slowly recovers from an onslaught of rain, wind and snow, which brought widespread flooding and mudslides.



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Storm creates chaos in California with flooding, mudslides

Storm creates chaos in California with flooding, mudslidesSAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year.



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Why This 'Atmospheric River' Could Cause Mudslides and 'Roofalanches' in California

Why This 'Atmospheric River' Could Cause Mudslides and 'Roofalanches' in CaliforniaCalifornians are experiencing some unusually nasty winter weather this week as an "atmospheric river" passes through most of the state, bringing howling winds and heavy rain.The storm arrived on Tuesday night (Feb. 12) in Northern California and continued into Wednesday (Feb. 13), leading the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue warnings of flash flooding, mudslides and high winds in the region. It is forecast to bring "excessive rainfall" to Southern California on Thursday (Feb. 14), according to the NWS.[Weirdo Weather: 7 Rare Weather Events]Atmospheric rivers are huge "rivers in the sky" that cause moisture from the tropics to flow north, from California to Canada. These huge weather systems can carry many times the freshwater that flows through the mighty Mississippi River, local news outlet KQED reported."They're the biggest freshwater rivers on Earth," F. Martin Ralph, the director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes in La Jolla, California, told KQED.These atmospheric rivers of condensed water vapor can easily be 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) long and 300 miles (482 km) wide, Ralph said. When an atmospheric river brings moisture from Hawaii to the Western U.S. — as is the case with the current storm — it's known as the Pineapple Express.Atmospheric rivers can bring much-needed rain — or wreak havoc by dumping heavy rain or snow when they make landfall, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). California has recently experienced storms, meaning the current downpour is falling on waterlogged soil. Summer wildfires also scorched the earth in several areas of California, and burn scars can be more prone to flash flooding and debris as well, according to the NWS.On Wednesday morning, 24-hour rainfall totals were as high as 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) in some parts of the Northern Bay Area, with San Francisco receiving about 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) of rain, according to the NWS. Residents along the Bay Area coast and hills may face high winds from 25 to 35 mph (40 to 56 km/h) with gusts up to 60 mph (97 km/h), according to the NWS. Social media was abuzz with reports of downed trees and flash flooding. In the Sierras, the NWS warned that the atmospheric river could cause "roofalanches," or the sudden release of snow from already snow-packed roofs, which can pose a serious hazard.Earlier this month, Ralph and his colleagues developed a new scale to describe the strength of atmospheric rivers. The scale, which was described in the February issue of the journal Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, ranks these weather events using categories "1 to 5," with Category 1 indicating a "weak" storm and Category 5 indicating an "exceptional" one. The ranking is based on the amount of water vapor the storm carries, and how long it dumps moisture on a given area, according to a statement. The scale also indicates the extent to which the storm is likely to be beneficial — by bringing much-needed rain to replenish reservoirs after a drought, for example — or hazardous, leading to flooding and mudslides. The current storm is a "Category 3," according to local news outlet CBS San Francisco.Tia Ghose contributed reporting. * 9 Tips for Exercising in Winter Weather * Fishy Rain to Fire Whirlwinds: The World's Weirdest Weather * 10 Surprising Ways Weather Has Changed HistoryOriginally published on Live Science.



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'Pineapple Express' storm douses California with rain, snow

'Pineapple Express' storm douses California with rain, snow“The (Pineapple) Express is no joke,” said Bob Oravec, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland of the strongest weather system of the season. The weather system, also known as an atmospheric river, gets its name from the flow of moisture that periodically heads east from waters adjacent to the Hawaiian Islands to soak the U.S. West Coast.



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California governor to withdraw National Guard from border

California governor to withdraw National Guard from borderIn a rebuke to President Donald Trump, the governor of California on Monday was set to sign an order to pull most of the National Guard troops deployed on the Mexico border. Governor Gavin Newsom’s office said he was signing the order ahead of his State of the State speech on Tuesday. Newsom’s office said most of the 360 troops deployed at the US-Mexico border will be redeployed to focus on “the actual threats” facing the western state, such as wildfires.



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California to withdraw troops from border calling Trump’s immigration crisis ‘manufactured political theatre’

California to withdraw troops from border calling Trump’s immigration crisis ‘manufactured political theatre’A second US state is planning on pulling National Guard troops away from its border with Mexico, calling Donald Trump’s claims of a crisis at the border a “manufactured” problem and “political theater”. California Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to say as much on Tuesday during his state of the state address, his first since his election in November. “The border ‘emergency’ is a manufactured crisis, and California will not be part of this political theatre,” Mr Newsom plans to say, according to excerpts released by his office.



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Newsom attacks Trump in State of the State: California will not be part of 'political theater'

Newsom attacks Trump in State of the State: California will not be part of 'political theater'California's new governor recently defied President Donald Trump and called back National Guard troops that had been sent to patrol the border.



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Coroner names 4 killed in house in California plane crash

Coroner names 4 killed in house in California plane crashYORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday identified four people, including an 85-year-old man, who were killed on the ground when a small plane broke apart in the air and crashed into a Southern California neighborhood last weekend.



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What happened? NTSB says tail and wings broke off plane before 'unusual' California crash

What happened? NTSB says tail and wings broke off plane before 'unusual' California crashAuthorities on Monday picked up plane wreckage strewn across four blocks by an "unusual" crash that killed five in a Southern California neighborhood.



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The Latest: Flooding, evacuations as storm hits California

The Latest: Flooding, evacuations as storm hits CaliforniaLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local):



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