National Weather Service Graphic Explains Science Behind Atmospheric River

October 19, 2021 19:00 pm · 24 comments

Click on the graphic above to learn all about atmospheric rivers, courtesy of the National Weather Service.

Dorothy October 19, 2021 at 7:52 PM

AR sounds so nice but I would like to see a “pineapple express” come through.

TPC October 19, 2021 at 8:02 PM

Trust the science. Heard that one before…trust your eyeballs. They’ve been spraying for days. Drought or rain, take your pick.

nytemuvr October 19, 2021 at 10:07 PM

@TPC….BTW, where is Jake Jankowski?

Sam October 19, 2021 at 8:28 PM

Nothing more dystopian then the “scientific” dictatorship being pushed on the public. I used to love science. I will never “trust the science” again. Don’t care how serious these fools act about rain, it’s just rain, it’s just weather, it’s just 15 days, it’s’s’s just…was the matter? You don’t trust the science? Never trust the science

Deb Shay October 20, 2021 at 12:52 PM

I agree. There is no true science any more, only political science.

WC Resident October 19, 2021 at 9:12 PM

The term “atmospheric river” is fairly new and is used to describe a commonly found weather system. In the 1990s researchers looking at pictures of the globe taken from satellites noticed that the clouds form swirls and bands that moved along like snakes. Rather than calling them atmospheric dragons, atmospheric snakes, or atmospheric choo-choo trains, they decided to call them the more mature sounding atmospheric rivers.

Seriously, there was some new science involved in that they came up with a better understanding of common storm systems. In the past it was felt a storm was a cloud or a band of clouds moving sideways while dumping rain or snow. What they found was that storm systems were more like choo-choo trains with a line of clouds moving along lengthwise while dumping rain or snow. They tend to be 100 to 300 miles wide and thousands of miles long.

At any one time there are several atmospheric river style storms active on Earth.

@Dorothy – A Pineapple Express is an atmospheric river style storm that is moving from the area of the Hawaiian Islands to the west coast. The storms bring warm air and rain.

nytemuvr October 20, 2021 at 1:12 AM

@WC Resident…Do the choo-choos all meet up at the junction, where Uncle Joe is movin’ kinda’ slow? I’d be movin’ slow too if I was peekin’ in that water tower.

Gary Clapper October 20, 2021 at 6:29 AM

Thumbs up for your comment, especially for giving the definition of the Pineapple Express, I learned something new today.

Captain Bebops October 20, 2021 at 9:10 AM

Yeah, a Pineapple Express would help keep heating bills down which otherwise may be stratospheric this winter.

Donothaveone October 19, 2021 at 10:45 PM

I guess you just going to have to give up science. What’s that mean living in a cave bathing in mud? No that might be too far up to science ladder huh. Lol

chuckie the troll October 20, 2021 at 7:07 AM

Atmospheric River is just one more term being used to frighten the public into accepting whatever government over-reach the Democrats are currently pushing. In the old days we called it heavy rains, thundershowers, etc…BTW- we have had heavy rains, on and off, since the days of Noah! This is not a new thing that suddenly happened because of “global warming”.

Cellophane October 20, 2021 at 7:31 AM

These modern day weather guessers only rely on computer programs to forecast the weather.

I think I’ll rely on my bones.

Or the barometer.

The computer programs just can’t out predict a human with experience.

I used to trust science, until scientist sold their souls for the dollar.

Nations fail when good character values are shunned.

Martinezmike October 20, 2021 at 8:31 AM

Don’t for Cecil the Weather Beetle!

Missy October 20, 2021 at 9:47 AM

Stupid science. What has any scientist ever done to benefit mankind. Thank goodness there are no Republican scientists.

Glen223 October 20, 2021 at 12:33 PM

Missy – really ?

There are “no Republican scientists?”

Please prove your claim.

Otherwise, go back and sit in the corner with your pointy cap on.

WC October 20, 2021 at 8:28 AM

So, I get up this morning, and no rain. The weatherman was wrong yet again.

Martinezmike October 20, 2021 at 8:33 AM

( forget )

cornfed October 20, 2021 at 8:38 AM

Atmosfearic River.

Pyrrhus October 20, 2021 at 9:08 AM

Only on Claycord can a weather system be made into a con conspiracy theory about the demon commie libs and how science is a lie but snowflake feelings are the truth.

It’s rain people. Be happy, we need it! Or is that a liberal conspiracy as well? Those commies with their buckets emptying the reservoirs, we have to stop them!

Dr Jellyfinger October 20, 2021 at 9:26 AM

Atmospheric River, that Atmospheric River
He must know sumpthin’, but he don’t say nothin’

He just keeps rollin’, he keeps on rollin’ along

He don’t plant taters, and he don’t plant cotton
And them what plants ’em is soon forgotten
But Atmospheric River, jest keeps rollin’ along

You and me, we sweat and strain
Bodies all achin’ and wracked with pain
Tote that barge and lift that bale
Ya get a little drunk and ya lands in ja-ail

I gets weary and so sick of tryin’
I’m tired of livin’, but I’m feared of dyin’
And Atmospheric River, he just keeps rollin’ along…

Nah…. it kinda loses it’s charm.

Ricardoh October 20, 2021 at 10:19 AM

Nice job.

Ricardoh October 20, 2021 at 10:18 AM

I wish they would just say it is going to rain for a few days in a row. It is not a river.

To Do List October 20, 2021 at 10:21 AM

Forecasters predict a 61% chance of rain today. But the weather pattern does not care what humans think. It either will rain, or not. The weather pattern is already set. The percent chance just measures the inability of forecasters to forecast. Weather forecasters only exist to make economic forecasters look good by comparison.

Chris October 20, 2021 at 10:32 AM

I believe whatever the weatherman tells me just like Raggedy Anne over at the Ministry of Information.

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