Mudslide Strands 100 Cars Along Colorado Highway, Experts Say There Will Be More

Mudslide Strands 100 Cars Along Colorado Highway, Experts Say There Will Be More

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Colorado transportation officials have closed a 46-mile stretch of Interstate 70 following severe mudslides that stranded more than 100 people in their vehicles overnight on July 29th. Residents of Glenwood Canyon, a critical gateway between the Rocky Mountains and the West coast, are coping with the fallout as wildfire smoke continues […]

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Atmospheric Rivers Threaten Once-in-a-Millennium Flooding click button

Atmospheric Rivers Threaten Once-in-a-Millennium Flooding

In 2020, many Californians prayed for rain as wildfires in the region destroyed millions of acres of land. But they got more than they bargained for when what weather forecasters described as an “atmospheric river” set a course for the state, causing storms that triggered catastrophic mudslides and washed out a section of Highway 1. 

Why This Matters: Atmospheric rivers can carry as much water through the atmosphere as land rivers, and at similar speeds. Between 1978 and 2017, just 10 atmospheric rivers caused over half of all flood damage in the Western U.S.   

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