Atmospheric Rivers in Reno and the Sierras
Atmospheric Rivers in Reno
An atmospheric river is something we have to deal with on a fairly regular basis in Nevada.
An atmospheric river is a massive storm that dumps a large amount of water over an area, and according to News 4, they "get their name because when looking at them on satellite imagery, they look like large rivers in the sky. One storm can contain 15 times the amount of moisture as the mouth of the Mississippi River."
In the early months of 2017, and again back in 2013, the Reno and Sparks area saw significant flooding due to an atmospheric river, enough to require businesses and education facilities nearby to board up and use sandbags to prevent water and flooding damage.
Remember that just 12 inches of water can carry away an entire moving vehicle!
According to the National Weather Service: "flooding may even occur well away from where heavy rain initially fell. This is especially common in the western United States where low lying areas may be very dry one minute, and filled with rushing water from upstream the next."
Usually we are all pretty savvy when it comes to the weather around these parts, but more information is always better, and always helps you prepare and stay safer!
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