‘It’s A Big One’; Weekend Atmospheric River Gaining Intensity Off California Coast

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — While San Francisco Bay Area residents dodged light raindrops early Wednesday, a much larger atmospheric river continued to intensify off the coast, carrying with it the threat of up to 5 inches of rain in the coastal mountains this coming weekend.

The large plume stretched hundreds of miles across the Pacific, pulling in tropical moisture from the Hawaiian Islands — an unusual development for this time of the year.

When asked about the intensity of the storm, Marty Ralph, director of the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes in La Jolla, didn’t mince words.

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