Currently in San Francisco — March 16, 2023

The weather, currently.

Sunny and slightly windy with a slightly cloudy evening for Thursday, March 16.

The recent series of atmospheric rivers wreaked more havoc across the state. From an overturned big rig, to structural damage, to a breached levee in Monterey County that caused disastrous flooding and forced  thousands to evacuate.

In the case of the levee, its dilapidated state has been known for years. But, the lower value of the residential and farming property in the low-income area with a predominantly Latine population meant it wasn’t prioritized. Ultimately, the $400 million repair job was funded by the trillion-dollar infrastructure bill, but was stuck in the environmental review phase when catastrophe struck.

Priya Shukla

What you need to know, currently.

Today, we shared a story from Grist, about how climate change is making atmospheric rivers in California much wetter and more intense. These changing patterns are making flooding along the West Coast significantly worse.

Read the full article here.

How rising temperatures are intensifying California’s atmospheric rivers
As storms get warmer and wetter, California’s flood control system is struggling to keep up with atmospheric rivers.

What you can do, currently.