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Stanford Experts on California Storms and Atmospheric Rivers

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment | Stanford experts comment on the destructive California storms in early 2023. 

A pedestrian crosses the street in San Francisco, California, on January 4, 2023. A series of atmospheric rivers has hit the state in the last two weeks, bringing torrential rain, winds, and flooding.
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LA Times | Jan 19, 2023 | After epic rains, California will have time to dry out. But for how long? | Noah Diffenbaugh draws parallels to last years winter weather. 

KQED | Jan 18, 2023 | KQED Newscast | Rosemary Knight is quoted from a recent Stanford webinar on storms and climate change.

NBC Bay Area | Jan 16, 2023 | California Storms: Impact on the Drought | Felicia Marcus on what the recent storms mean for California's drought. 

KTVU News | Jan 12, 2023 | Major rains along with record snow pack could amount to danger | Noah Diffenbaugh on the intensity of recent precipitation. 

SF Chronicle | Jan 12, 2023 | Is California still in a drought after the epic storms? Here are what maps and charts show | Felicia Marcus on why it's too early to have a ‘drought is over’ party.

SF Examiner | Jan 11, 2023 | Wastewater, or wasted opportunity? Bay Area cities should rethink rain management | David Freyberg explains the likelihood of conserving and utilizing storm water.

Newsweek | Jan 10, 2023 | What Will It Take To Get California Completely Out of Drought? | Richard Luthy on the amount of rain needed to pull CA out of drought.  

New York Times | Jan 7, 2023 | Opinion: California Could Capture Its Destructive Floodwaters to Fight Drought | Rosemary Knight's research on locating paleo valleys and use them to replenish groundwater.

New Scientist | Jan 6, 2023 | How California can capture stormwater to fight off the drought | Richard Luthy on pumping groundwater to offset drought. 

Vox News | Jan 6, 2023 | California’s deadly floods won’t break the megadrought | Noah Diffenbaugh on reasons why the current floods won't break the megadrought.

Washington Post | Jan 5, 2023 | California is being inundated with rain. Will it ease the drought? | Noah Diffenbaugh on increasedflood risk as precipitation shifts from snow to rain.

LA Times | Jan 4, 2023 | String of brutal atmospheric rivers imperils a California already weakened by drought | Chris Field on how recent wildfired in CA contribute to debris flows during storms. 

Greensboro Record | December 27, 2022 | Our opinion: Facing our new weather extremes | Chris Field explains that the trend of increasing natural disasters will continue until global warming is halted. 

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