California, which has suffered from prolonged drought, is being hit by a continuing barrage of heavy rain and snowfall from atmospheric rivers flowing from the Pacific Ocean. According to NOAA, atmospheric rivers are bands of moisture that transport large amounts of water vapor that can equal the average flow at the mouth of the Mississippi River, and when they make landfall they can release rain and snow.
A satellite image shows a bomb cyclone over the Pacific Ocean on Jan. 3, 2023. | Credit: NOAA
As water rushed toward the Pacific during recent storms, it dragged with it tons of trash. Although a missed opportunity to capture runoff, it wasn’t a total loss. The storms offered a real-time test of the “Interceptor 007”—a newly installed device keeping waste out of the ocean.
The Interceptor 007 on Ballona Creek | Credit: The Ocean Cleanup
As California received record rain and snowfall, Europe has been experiencing what some meteorologists are calling the most intense winter heatwave in history with T-shirt weather on New Year’s Day in some places.
Chamrousse ski resort outside Grenoble, France, on January 1, 2023 | Credit: Chamrousse.com
Skipping stones on a lake or shore is a favorite pastime—and for some a serious competition. But we can all agree that the flatter and rounder the rock, the more bounces it will take on the water, right? Wrong.
Credit: Stewart Nimmo / Creative Commons