Atmospheric River Fills California Rivers with Water and Sediment

Photographic panorama showing the San Lorenzo river flowing wide and muddy into the ocean, past the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Detailed Description

An atmospheric river, or narrow band of moisture moving from the tropics to the higher latitudes, hit California in early January and brought the first heavy rains of 2017. While these storms help a drought-stricken state, the onslaught of rain triggers floods and mudslides, and fills rising rivers with sediment and debris. Here the San Lorenzo River flows full and muddy past the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.


Image Dimensions: 3500 x 1161

Date Taken:

Lat / Long: 36.964000000000 / -122.012000000000

Location Taken: Santa Cruz, CA, US