© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images–A man lifts sandbags that are being given away for free at the San Francisco Department of Public Works corporation yard on December 10, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
There’s a “Pineapple Express” approaching the Northern California coast this evening. What is a Pineapple Express? Let’s check in with Wikipedia.
Pineapple Express is a non-technical term for a meteorological phenomenon characterized by a strong and persistent flow of atmospheric moisture and associated with heavy precipitation from the waters adjacent to the Hawaiian Islands and extending to any location along the Pacific coast of North America. A Pineapple Express is an example of an atmospheric river, which is a more general term for such narrow corridors of enhanced water vapor transport at mid-latitudes around the world.
This SFGATE story gives you the essential fact as to what this means for us.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful storm expected to pack hurricane force winds and heavy rain triggered emergency preparations across Northern California on Wednesday, with residents gathering sand bags, crews clearing storm drains and San Francisco school officials canceling classes for the first time since 9/11.
As much as 8 inches of rain could fall on coastal mountains over a 24-hour period starting late Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. Ski resorts in the northern Sierra Nevada could get more than 2 feet of snow.
“It’s a short amount of time for that amount of water,” Weather Service forecaster Diana Henderson said. “We are anticipating some localized flooding, maybe some downed trees and downed power lines. It could have an effect on a wide range of people.”
They are saying there could be 55mph gusts. If history is of any use, power will be out in the morning. How long is the question. Have cleaned out gutters, washed everything possible, charged up all phones and electronics, and have enough beer to get me through a week. Only time will tell if we survive. We are all whimps here in California.