Speaking of science… sitting here in cloudy and very windy weather today near Felicity, California, just west of Yuma, Arizona, I got curious to know more about Atmospheric Rivers since it is in the news a lot this winter. It turns out there is geological sediment evidence that this major typ of ongoing cluster of them has happened approximately every 200 years. The last one in the late 1800s literally bankrupted the State of California. The streets of Sacramento were flooded for 3 months!
Here is the link to an in-depth article in Scientific America that shows images of that Sacramento situation and shows timelines of those historic events. It also explains how those atmospheric rivers are formed.
This current flooding is hitting the crop
growing fields near Salinas. Lettuce, strawberries etc. That is a big economic blow to the region.