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Scientists link California droughts and floods to distinctive atmospheric waves
Description: The crippling wintertime droughts that struck California from 2013 to 2015, as well as this year's unusually wet California winter, appear to be associated with the same phenomenon: a distinctive wave pattern that emerges in the upper atmosphere and circles the globe. Scientists found in a recent study that the persistent high-pressure ridge off the west coast of North America that blocked storms from coming onshore during the winters of 2013-14 and 2014-15 was associated with the wave pattern. [Source: NOAA Climate Program Office]
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Source: NOAA Climate Program Office
Publish Date: 4/6/2017
Reading Level: Basic
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