June 24, 2023

Atmospheric river

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Atmospheric river (AR) is a channel of moisture-laden air, and forms when air pressure systems collide, pushing air with a lot of moisture in a stream-like fashion through the atmosphere. Over land, the air pressure relents, allowing the moisture to be released, sometimes in dramatic fashion.[1]


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  1. Bob Yirka (2023, May) Study shows warming planet is leading to an increase in ‘atmospheric river’-associated flooding in India Phys.org

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