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WTF is an Atmospheric River?

We spoke with Spectrum Networks Meteorologist Sally Jaramillo to find out what is an “Atmospheric River” and why these kinds of persistent rainfalls have caused a blackout for hundreds of thousands of Californians while putting 38 million on alert for flash floods.
Show transcript
00:01
Can you see the turkey in my teeth?
00:03
No, you're fine.
00:04
You see other shit dog.
00:06
Jeez. This weather is something else for real.
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It's like our parents say,
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Vien loco loco, you know us Californians.
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Well, southern Californians,
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we're all like, I get excited.
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Like when I see on the app that it's gonna rain for
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like 40 street, I'm like,
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oh my God, it's so cozy.
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You know, like it's so cozy like we ain't built for
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this. Like look outside the streets are flooded.
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Beaches. I saw Tesla stuck on like the meeting of the
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road. I, I don't think they could see everything.
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So they just like,
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I think we're here.
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It's crazy. Did you get the alert on your phone?
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I got the alert last night.
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And it was so funny because my mom calls me,
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she goes, Mija,
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you have to go in like we're shooting a show woman.
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I gotta go in.
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I mean, so the rain is crazy.
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The the mudslides but also 38 million people under the foot alert
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Like you like we all got the alert and landslides too
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So there was a landslide over there by where I live
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too where the, it's because the houses are a little on
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hills. So I like,
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it's kind of scary.
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I'm like, oh my God,
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weird flex. But ok,
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I mean, what do you mean?
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No, no, not like that.
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You got it like that.
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But,, this is one thing I've been hearing,
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you know, tossed around on social and in the news that
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atmospheric River. Do you know what that means?
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Well, I don't either.
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So luckily we have Sally Jaramillo from Spectrum News.
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Luckily we have Sally Jaramillo from the Spectrum Network.
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What the sorry, sorry,
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Sally. Yeah, it's,
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it's the, the teleprompter.
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We have Sally Jaramillo,
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a Spectrum Network, meteorologist joining us to break down this atmospheric
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pressure term. I've been seeing this big,
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these two big words where I'm like atmospheric atmospheric pressure.
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What does that mean?
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Ok. So the word is atmospheric river,
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right? And to be honest with you,
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it's basically a river in the sky that can go 1000 miles
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long. So, so just in within last year,
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I think we've already tracked about nine atmospheric rivers.
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So just think of it like a big river coming through that's
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hitting the mountains, but it is very steady and it's bringing
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steady rain. You know,
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we're all getting to see the impacts of flooded roadways of debris
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on the road, strong dusty winds and we're all gonna
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be impacted and as the temperatures get hotter,
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just get ready for more atmospheric rivers and,
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and Sally, where can people find you?
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You can find me on Sally J TV.
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That's my social media platform,
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Sally Carillo. Thank you so much,
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Sally. everyone stay safe as you heard and hopefully
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we can talk soon to get an update after the rain some
02:52
Ok.