Sky me a river: Scientists say flood threat linked to atmospheric rivers

January 26

During a powerful storm, a ship bounced up and down on 20-foot waves in the black of night, “out in the middle of nowhere,” said Chris Fairall, 750 miles off the coast of San Francisco in the Pacific Ocean. “A lot of people said they didn’t sleep well at breakfast the next morning.” It was the first of several storms for the 30-member crew of the Ronald H. Brown, the largest ship in the fleet of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Why were 18 scientists and crew, including six from Howard University, braving rolling waters on a ship in the vast ocean between California and Hawaii? They were searching for rivers in the sky, trying to unlock the mystery of how they channel water from the tropics and dump it in various types of precipitation on California’s lakes and mountains, Fairall said in an interview Friday, talking on a satellite telephone.

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Vernon Morris, PhD, Director of the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) is aboard the NOAA Ron Brown, conducting atmospheric research.
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