Never mind those earthquakes: Atmospheric rivers could put Sacramento 30 feet under water

July 9, 2019
Candice Wang
The Sacramento Bee

The biggest freshwater rivers on Earth don’t flow along the planet’s surface.

Instead, they surge and whip through the atmosphere thousands of feet above our heads, carrying 2½ times the amount of water that gushes through the Amazon River at any given time.

They’re called atmospheric rivers, or, more aptly, rivers in the sky.

These rivers are capable of burying Sacramento under 30 feet of water.

A research team led by Sasha Gershunov at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego published a new study on atmospheric rivers in Nature Scientific Reports this week that places atmospheric rivers under scrutiny as the driving cause behind California’s increasingly extreme, infrequent bouts of precipitation.

Gershunov’s team used 16 global climate models to analyze the expanding role of atmospheric rivers as contributors to precipitation in California. The results show that atmospheric rivers are getting stronger and wetter, and catastrophic events like the Great Flood of 1862 could happen again.

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Big Day of Giving – Give to ECOS

What is Big Day of Giving? A program of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s initiative to grow local philanthropy, Big Day of Giving is an annual 24-hour community-wide movement that unites the region’s nonprofit sector to help raise unrestricted funds for the organizations that strengthen the capital area. Since 2013, the giving day has generated over $30 million for more than 600 local nonprofits and 36,000 donors! Learn more at: www.bigdayofgiving.org.

Why give to ECOS? Give to ECOS to support our mission to achieve regional and community sustainability and a healthy environment for existing and future residents. By working proactively with our members, member organizations, local government, and community groups, ECOS energizes and brings positive change to the Sacramento region as we strive to develop thriving communities.

Click here to give to ECOS on May 2: https://www.bigdayofgiving.org/ECOS

Big DOG Open House @ Breathe CA building

Visit ECOS and all the other change-making organizations with offices at 909 12th Street (aka the “Breathe California Building”) on Thursday, May 2nd, from 7am-9am for coffee and pastries as we celebrate our region’s Big Day of Giving (Big DOG)!

The Open House is free and all are welcome! If you’d like to donate to a group in our building you may do so during the Open House or online: www.bigdayofgiving.org.

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