A relentless series of torrential pounding thunderstorms that lasted at most 11 days left absolutely no one in their wake. California untouched — flooding towns from north to south, loading inland mountains with snow and The transformation of the Los Angeles River from a dry river into an effervescent channel.

The downpours that began in December and ended in January have claimed the lives of at least 17 people. and The rain continued into the new year. More rain is to be expected.

According to state officials, close to 100,000 residents had been placed under evacuation warnings and orders Tuesday morning amid the recent rains. and There were approximately 220,000 utilities customers without power. More There are more than 400 members of the public and charter schools were closed. San Francisco was under a flood watch when hail fell. Central California, rescuers searched for a 5-year-old boy who was swept out of his mother’s arms as their car was swamped by Floodwaters rising fast on the road to school

Many areas have been affected by extreme weather this autumn and winter — deep freezes, hurricane-like blizzards, tornadoes, drastic temperature swings. Few places are as brutal. by The changing climate in the last few weeks California.

State has worked hard to remove thousands of trees that have fallen from roads. and Repair broken levees in short bursts of rain, then be overthrown again. Rain almost every day only increases the impact: Soaked ground and With every precipitation storm, swollen streams struggle to absorb water.

“It’s kind of a marathon,” Paul Horvat is the manager of emergency services. for Santa Cruz “We’re trying to pace ourselves because we know this can go on and on and on for a while.”

He also added: “I’ve never really seen this many rainstorms, big ones, one after another, in my career.”

Americans learned yet another word in their ever-expanding weather vocabulary with the parade of storms: The atmospheric river. It is an aerosol plume consisting of concentrated moisture that reaches the height at which planes fly. These plumes streamed from the Pacific this year at a relentless rate.

“Nearly all of California has seen much above average rainfall totals over the past several weeks, with totals 400 to 600 percent above average values,” Weather Prediction Center forecasters wrote.

Rainfall totals have exceeded 11 inches in parts of the Bay Area since the atmospheric rivers started dumping moisture last month.

There have been periods of respite — some sunshine and Time for residents to assess the damage, walk the dog or refuel the generator — and Another deluge followed.

“We’re very much in the middle of this, we’re not on a downhill trajectory at all,” Brian Ferguson, the spokesman for the organization. for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He indicated that officials remain concerned about possible storms. “just because of the sheer volume of water that’s in the creeks and within the landscape.”

Los Angeles is known for its fragile infrastructure, which can easily be destroyed by floods and heavy rains. Some of these scenes are quite surreal. Monday saw a collapse in Chatsworth, suburban Los Angeles. swallowed Two cars. On Tuesday commuters could make their way through Union Station’s pedestrian tunnel. flooded With just a few inches water. Yet the metro area pressed on with the College Football Playoff on Monday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood — where some fans got wet — and The televised Golden Globes award show returns to Beverly Hills on Tuesday, February 22nd.

Montecito residents had to be evacuated on Monday due to the stench of mud. and The low and distant sounds of small rocks rumbling in fast-flowing streams. The majority of businesses were shut down. and These streets, which are normally busy were almost empty.

Montecito in Santa Barbara is an area north of Los Angeles. for Celebrities, such as Prince Harry and Meghan, his wife; OprahWinfrey and Ellen DeGeneres was who posted a video on Twitter She spoke Monday about a creek running behind her home. “never flows, ever.”

“We need to be nicer to Mother Nature because Mother Nature is not happy with us,” Ms. DeGeneres said.

Robin Applegarth, aged 71, was forced to evacuate her Gualala (a coastal town) after almost a week of power outages. According to her, the restoration date was delayed by three times. and Rain more and The forecast calls for wind. Also she and Her husband and she checked in to a Santa Rosa hotel, approximately 70 miles south.

“It’s a very resilient group of people who live along the Northern California coast,” Ms. Applegarth stated. However, she said, “None of us expected it to go on this long.”

However, the impact of the storms’ ripple has been uneven. Strong winds were last week and It pelted rain in the Bay Area, causing chaos. The oceanside counties Santa Cruz and Monterey were hit hard this week. and Santa Barbara lies between San Francisco. and Los Angeles has borne most of the consequences.

However, not all communities in the country are included. California It has been jolted by Storms are coming in one form or another. Last week, more snow fell in Sierra Nevada. Heavy winds This weekend, power lines were toppled in Sacramento Mudslides Los Angeles was a mess on Tuesday. The public transport systems of major cities are in disarray. snarled, and Roads were temporarily shut down almost everywhere. Malibu has a large boulder blocked a canyon road. Fresno’s hillside was eroded into a road. Numerous stretches of Route 101 are also easily accessible. turned into rivers.

It is a parched state by Recent droughts have been accompanied by winter rain. and The snow is a good source of water, and can even be useful in other ways. by Residents and Farmers throughout the year. When the deluges become particularly severe, however, it can be more destructive than beneficial. This is because these storms dump too much water at too rapid a pace. for the state’s reservoirs and Emergency responders are needed.

Particularly vulnerable are areas that have been scorched. by Wildfires and droughts can leave behind scars conducive for landslides.

The storms are yet another example of how climate change has upended life in the nation’s most populous state. It’s been ravaged by Expanding seasons for wildfires and Years of drought and scarring have caused the land to be unmoored. and Landslides can be dangerous.

Atmosphere heated by Warmer air may retain more moisture due to the combustion of fossil fuels. This can lead to storms at many locations. California Included, they are more susceptible to being wetter and The climate change is making it harder.

More than one foot of rainfall has been reported across coastal areas over the last two days. California. The National Weather Service stated that seven inches more of rain may fall across the state in the coming days. “enormous cyclone” That is what is happening off the coast of Northern California and The Pacific Northwest Wednesday

That northward shift could give other areas of the state a break, David Novak, the director of the Weather Prediction Center, said on Tuesday, adding that the storm system was threatening the state this weekend but didn’t look as strong.

“Gradually, it looks like we’ll have a pattern change that will allow the spigot to turn off,” He stated. However, even weak atmospheric rivers with moderate precipitation could cause issues California’s saturated ground.

On Tuesday, forecasts indicated that there was more storm activity than anticipated. California It is possible that the trend will slow after the middle week.

Experts agree that the total damage has been costly. by the storms could top $1 billion — an ominous start to the new year, especially since 2022 was already one of the worst on record for Large-scale weather and According to Tuesday’s data, climate catastrophes have struck the United States. by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Reporting was provided by Kellen Browning, Judson Jones and Jill Cowan.