Rafting Rivers in the Sky (in a Plane)

Nov 19, 2015

Lisa Darby, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, monitors a radar screen on a research flight.
Credit Danielle Venton/KRCB

California is dependent on a certain type of storm, known as an "atmospheric river," for as much as half of it's annual rainfall. Unfortunately, scientists still don't know a lot about these strong, wet storms sometimes referred to as the hurricanes of the Pacific. On today's North Bay Report, we follow a research flight on a quest to unpick the secrets of these storms from the inside. It's all part of an ambitious experiment known as CalWater 2015