Almost 12 feet of snow has piled up at Donner Pass in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains in the past week. More snow is expected this weekend as well. Five months into this water year, which is counted as Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, more than 44 feet has fallen there at Central Snow Laboratory, a University of California, Berkeley field research station. That’s more than double the median of 21.7 feet by this time of year.
While the sunny Southern California weather graced the region this Wednesday, the regions counterparts to the north were not as fortunate as the rain continued to bombard the region. National Weather Service says, “The atmospheric river has refocused over northern and central California. Heavy rain on saturated soils and gusty winds may lead to flooding and damaged or downed trees and power outages.” The service warned of hazardous weather conditions for the San Francisco Bay Area and the Monterey peninsula to its south. There was a wing advisory in place until Wednesday evening and a high-surd advisory going into effect Thursday.
At least eight people were confirmed dead Thursday after widespread flooding followed by heavy overnight rains. Governor Andy Beshear says this will be “one of the most significant, deadly floods,” in the state’s history. The flooding across eastern Kentucky has left people stranded on rooftops and others without power or water as forecasts call for even more rain.
China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed in the mountains of Southern China Monday morning as it speedily descended at low altitude. The airline sent a message to relatives connected with passengers in the plane. They do not know if there was anyone among the 132 passengers who survived the crash.
Parts of California and the Western United States have experienced some extreme weather, bringing rain, wind, and snow overnight.
After hitting Florida and causing one death in Jacksonville, Tropical Storm Elsa is heading north and is predicted to affect all the major cities in the coastal northeast. According to CNN meteorologist Monica Garrett, Elsa is bringing heavy rain, gusty winds, and tornados.