The Pineapple Express has been wreaking havoc across much of California over the past few months, delivering unusually high amounts of rain and threatening the state with floods and landslides. A dramatic new satellite image shows this “atmospheric river” as it extends from Hawaii to the US West Coast.
Californians have spent December experiencing the effects of the Pineapple Express. For the most part, we've been happy to get all that rain. But in 1846, the Pineapple Express had a quite different effect. It contributed to the horrible fate of the most infamous California-bound party in history.
After a long drought, California is suddenly getting pounded with its biggest storm in a decade. Whoa, what's happening? It's all the work of an atmospheric river, a particular weather event that can be devastating when it hits land.