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California storms to get a rating from 1 to 5, like hurricanes

Pacific storms that bear down on the West Coast are about to get the same deference as hurricanes in the Atlantic and tornadoes in the Midwest: a rating system to attest to their strength.  A group of nationwide weather experts rolled out a scale Tuesday that will rank the giant wet fronts common in California, known as atmospheric rivers, in degrees of force from 1 to 5. The ratings are meant to give communities a more precise sense of what’s ahead.  Read more...

 

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