California winter weather could impact Twin Tiers
(WENY) -- California has been experiencing heavy rainfall this winter with no clear end in sight. While atmospheric rivers are bringing massive amounts of rainfall to the west coast, local experts say it isn’t likely locally.
“We are experiencing an atmospheric river,” WENY Chief Meteorologist Joe Veres said, adding, “(It’s) conditions where you get a tropic plume of moisture, concentrated in a narrow band... it's not very typical for us to be able to get something like that in our region cause simply our prevailing winds are out of the west.”
Complicating matters for California is that the state is currently in drought season according to Cornell University Climatologist Mark Wysocki, who added Californians should expect the rain to continue.
“They are going to see a lot of clouds and a lot of rain for the next ten days.” Wysocki said.
Wysocki says these storm systems begin on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, before eventually making their way to the west coast of the United States. Residents in the Twin Tiers have endured a handful of their own natural disaster caused by flooding and water damage.
Wysocki added that even through people won’t see this tropical weather in New York, the impact will be felt in a different way. He says California is considered to be the fruit basket of the U-S in terms of agriculture, so like with gas prices, you could start seeing a price increase when visiting a grocery store produce section.
The west coast wet season begins in December ending shortly before February.