CW3E in the News

January 10, 2017

Due to several recent landfalling Atmospheric Rivers (ARs), the media has been contacting CW3E for their expert commentary. We share some recent examples below.

Director of CW3E, Marty Ralph, recently joined Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti on National Public Radio to discuss ARs and their impact on California’s water supply. He described how ARs form and generate precipitation and how their annual variability largely impact the annual precipitation in California. The interview can be heard here.

Dr. Ralph also discussed the importance of ARs with Alex Cohen on Take Two, this interview can he heard here

Given the importance of water supply to California, Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations (FIRO) has also gained media attention. The most recent volume of the Flood Risk Management Newsletter highlights the potential of FIRO to improve resiliency to droughts and floods by improving water supply and decreasing flood risk. The newsletter can be found here.

The impacts of the most recent AR caused widespread damages and hazardous conditions from the extreme precipitation (see CW3E AR Update: 9 January 2017 Outlook and Summary). Prior to the event as forecast confidence grew several CW3E forecast tools were featured in various news outlets. One example can be seen here, as the Capital Weather Gang highlighted the Time Integrated Water Vapor Transport maps produced by CW3E. After the event Marty Ralph describes the large variability in California’s annual precipitation and the importance of flood management strategies. Article found here.

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