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Atmospheric rivers -- narrow bands of moisture-laden air -- are ranked like hurricanes according to intensity. This week northern California experienced a Category 5 atmospheric river, bringing mudslides, power outages, and extreme flooding to the region. On the plus side, the rain brought billions of gallons of water to depleted reservoirs. This map shows water levels in key California reservoirs (blue shows % of capacity; the red line shows historical average): www.sfchronicle.com/climate/article/Charts-show-where-California-reservoir-totals-16566209.php
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