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Breaking News: Atmospheric rivers cause $1 billion in damage a year, mostly in California

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Dec. 04, 2019

Atmospheric rivers cause $1 billion in damage a year, mostly in California

A new study of flood damage shows that atmospheric rivers — the weather phenomenon that has brought a series of storms to California — lead to roughly $1.1 billion in damage in the western United States every year, with a majority of the toll in California.

In a study published by Science Advances, researchers found that atmospheric rivers accounted for $42.6 billion in flood damage in 11 western states from 1978 to 2017 — 84% of the estimated total water-related damage.
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