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  • "Atmospheric rivers are long streams of water vapor that form at about one mile up in the atmosphere. They are only 250 miles across but extend for thousands of miles—sometimes across an entire ocean basin such as the Pacific. These conveyor belts of vapor carry as much water as 10 to 15 Mississippi Rivers from the tropics and across the middle latitudes. When one reaches the U.S. West Coast and hits inland mountain ranges, such as the Sierra Nevada, it is forced up, cools off and condenses into vast quantities of precipitation."


    December 2, 2012

  • Hence, there are atmospheric arroyos and rain shadows without clouds, also.

    December 2, 2012

  • Here's a good satellite picture of an atmospheric river.

    November 13, 2021

  • This river's got real atmosphere!

    November 25, 2021

  • In the old days they called this a pineapple express but that was an appropriation of Hawaiian culture.

    November 25, 2021

  • I don't think Pineapple Express is really deprecated in meteorology for PC reasons, just informal. Weather reporters in Northern California still use it on air from time to time. Also atmospheric river is hypernymous to Pineapple express, the latter being a particular example of the former

    November 26, 2021

  • Yeah I was just kidding about the cultural appropriation. Still, I think pineapple express is more... atmospheric.

    November 27, 2021