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A Category 5 atmospheric river - stretching 2,700 miles across the Pacific -- is drenching the Northwest US

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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In the first 11 days of 2021, Seattle has seen 5.12 inches of rain. With an additional 4 inches of rain forecast, they could receive roughly 25% of their annual rainfall by Jan 15.

With an additional 2-4 inches forecast, the city could receive roughly 25% of its annual rainfall by January 15 from the atmospheric river that's drenching the region.

This atmospheric river event is being classified as a Category 5 -- the highest level -- from the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes.

The threat for rapid melting, increased runoff and downstream river flooding is something everyone in western Oregon and Washington should be on alert for," says Javaheri.

A December 2019 study published by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography suggests that during the last 40 years, atmospheric rivers have posed a $1. 1 billion flood hazard for each of those years along the West Coast.

This atmospheric river event is so significant that hurricane hunters will be flying through it, dropping buoys.

Hurricane hunters fly inside of them and collect valuable data that forecasters then use to determine how a particular atmospheric river will affect the pacific coast region," says CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar.

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