Grading system for severity of 'atmospheric rivers' expected by early 2022
Grading system for severity of ‘atmospheric rivers’ expected by early 2022
NANAIMO — B.C residents are getting used to hearing new terms for storms like ‘atmospheric river’ but Environment Canada is looking to further define the latest weather buzz word.
Environment Canada and the federal government confirmed they are working together on a system which would classify atmospheric rivers to better warn residents who may be in their path of the severity of the storm.
The scale would clarify mild effects like puddles on roads to more severe outcomes such as mudslides and road washouts.
“That will assist us greatly in getting an understanding of exactly what the nature of an atmospheric river is,” Mike Farnworth, B.C. public safety minister said earlier this week. “It is a new term that …
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