Friday January 20, 2023

San Francisco Chronicle

Storms fueled by atmospheric rivers have torn across California over the past month, producing historic amounts of rain and snow — with devastating effects.

“We haven’t seen this level of widespread impacts from storms across the state since the early 2000s,” said Chronicle Newsroom Meteorologist Gerry Díaz.

The recent series of storms has brought widespread flooding, destructive landslides, wind damage and coastal deterioration. The storms have caused at least 20 deaths.

Downtown San Francisco saw a deluge on New Year’s Eve, when 5.46 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period.

“That makes it the second-wettest single day in the city’s history going back to the Gold Rush years,” Díaz said.

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