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California Weather: Atmospheric River Triggers Flooding

California has been affected by severe weather conditions for the past few weeks. Heavy rainfall, floods and high winds have caught some students off-guard. For some CSU Stanislaus students, this is the first time they have experienced this. Students offer their views on the weather and how it has affected them.

February and March are usually filled with a bit more sunshine. Instead, we have seen an unprecedented amount of rainfall. This has led to California being in a state of emergency. Californians are used to heavy rainfall. But this is no longer a storm. We are now dealing with the aftermath of what is now known as an Atmospheric River.  

There have been multiple flood warnings issued in California. As of Friday, March 10, River road in Modesto has been on evacuation notice. Merced has been issued similar warnings as well. At the moment, most of these warnings have been placed until further notice. Multiple cities, rivers, and counties have been affected by the severe rainfall. This is new to many locals in the area. Stan State students shared their observations and first-hand experience.

Stan State student, Nathan Austin (Freshman, Business), mentioned he was skeptical of the warnings.

“First time in my lifetime that I’ve seen an evacuation warnings for flooding issued, in Modesto.” Said Nathan. Stan State student Nathan (Freshman, Business). He said.

Students are uneasy about the progress of the weather. Others are not enthusiastic about it. 

“The flooding, I don’t think anyone wants flooding.” Juan Manzo (Sophomore, Business).

Governor Newsom signed an executive order to alleviate flooding in California. Suspending some of its elaborate regulations on water diversion.

“California is seeing extreme rain and snow, so we’re making it simple to redirect water to recharge groundwater basins. This order helps us take advantage of expected intense storms and increases state support for local stormwater capture efforts.” Said Newsom.

Hopefully this will bring some relief. There are multiple resources and information available to stay up-to-date. Here are a couple resources to explore:

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California Weather: Atmospheric River Triggers Flooding