New eyes on the Pineapple Express

Dec 6, 2012

Dark clouds over the mouth of the Russian River, north of Bodega Bay, Calif. This month NOAA scientists and colleagues will install the first of four permanent
Credit NOAA

Every year California about half of the precipitation, and almost all of the flooding, results from just a handful of intense storms... like the "Pineapple Express." At the American Geophysical Union meeting this week in San Francisco, scientists announced the installation of a new network of sensors and observatories to predict how hard these storms will hit.

Bodega Bay will soon be home to the first of four "atmospheric river observatories." KRCB's Danielle Venton has the story.