The record-breaking bomb cyclone which swirled toward the West Coast over the weekend with the magnitude of a hurricane is only the latest example of this year’s extreme weather events which scientists have linked to climate change.

Storms were reported in several places across the state, knocking down trees and leaving tens of thousands of individuals without power.

San Francisco also set a record for the most rainfall on a single Wednesday during the month, with 4.02 inches of rain on an October day in the city’s history.

As the storm system made landfall, its pressure dropped to 945.2 millibars (945.2 millibars), making it the strongest storm ever registered on the west coast of the United States.

The storm is moving southward, with areas like San Luis Obispo County expecting up to five inches of rain, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Sacramento received 5.44 inches, an all-time record, which followed another noteworthy milestone: 212 days of no measurable rainfall.

Precipitation records were broken in several places while several foot of snow accumulated at heights greater than 8.000 feet in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada.

While Northern California is recovering from the historic storm, significantly less rain is forecast for the southern half of the state, and drought is expected to continue; well-suited conditions for wildfires could also be in play.

2011–2017 California drought

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The 2011–2017 California drought persisted from December 2011 to March 2017 and consisted of the driest period in California’s recorded history, late 2011 through 2014. (wikipedia)

Sacramento, California

Sacramento is the capital city of the U.S. state of California and the seat and largest city of Sacramento County. (wikipedia)

tallest buildings in Sacramento

This list of tallest buildings in Sacramento ranks buildings in Sacramento, California, including West Sacramento, by height. Compared to other cities in the United States and California, (wikipedia)

Climate change

Climate change includes both human-induced global warming and its large-scale impacts on weather patterns. There have been previous periods of climate change, (wikipedia)


California is a state in the Western United States. It is bordered by Nevada to the east, Arizona to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, Oregon to the north, (wikipedia)