Thursday Top of the Scroll: Atmospheric rivers cost $1 billion a year and getting worse, study says
In a study published Wednesday in Science Advances, researchers found that from 1978 to 2017, atmospheric rivers accounted for $42.6 billion in flood damage in 11 Western states — 84% of the estimated total water-related damage of $50.8 billion. That’s roughly $1.1 billion in damage done by atmospheric rivers every year.
- San Francisco Chronicle: Big atmospheric rivers do a lot of damage — especially in Northern California
- Sacramento Bee: ‘Atmospheric rivers’ wreak huge economic damage in California and West, study finds
- Mashable: California’s strengthening storms mean more billion-dollar disasters
- Fox 5 San Diego: Local scientists study impact of ‘atmospheric rivers’