Sunday, December 19, 2010

Pineapple Express To Soak Western U.S.

What is the Pineapple Express?

It's an unofficial weather term used to describe a flow of moisture that originates from near Hawaii - and moves all the way across the Pacific Ocean - into the western United States.  Think of it like a fire hose that stretches nearly 5,000 miles!

Well - that fire hose is pointed directly at the central coast of California - and it reaches all the way into the central Rockies.

Rain and snow has been falling since Saturday - and is expected to continue well into the week ahead.  Before all is said and done, portions of the mountains of California and Colorado will see 4 to 8 feet of snow - isolated locations could exceed 10 feet.

The lower elevations of California will see widespread heavy rain - in some cases - over a foot!   That will no doubt create troubles, including mud slides and flooding.

I am sure there will be plenty of travel delays to go along with the storm system too!    Esp. in Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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