Watch intense rivers of atmospheric moisture spray the Pacific Northwest like a firehose

In recent weeks, atmospheric rivers have also helped ease the drought in Northern California.

During this past weekend and into Monday of this week, parts of British Columbia were hosed with copious, flood-inducing precipitation, thanks to at least two so-called ‘atmospheric rivers’ originating far to the south and west.

You can see them in the animation above, which shows the amount of precipitable water in the atmosphere. Watch for long, thin plumes depicted in green, yellow and orange

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