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.
— Bay Area Firefighter (@bayareafire343) October 25, 2021
Dealing with some debris flows, flooding and downed trees on ED 50 in the #CaldorFire burn area but crews are patrolling the corridor 24/7 and the highway remains open. Travel, however, is NOT advised tonight. pic.twitter.com/tOQJhnLWeF
— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) October 25, 2021
Downtown #Sacramento set an all-time 24 hr rainfall total. 5.44 inches were recorded, breaking the old record of 5.28 inches set back in 1880. #CAwx #CArain #atmosphericriver pic.twitter.com/dI3JoLILeb
— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) October 25, 2021