What it takes to move an atmospheric river: two images

Deborah Byrd, of the ever-changing EarthSky radio program and science site, posts a wonderful animation of what the current storm hitting California looks like from moderately high pressure. 

Technical difficulties with the gif force me to post a still from the animation, but still you can see the rotation of the winds up against the California coast — amazing.

March 1st AR

This animated wind map of the storm – one of many– can be found at the astounding earth site, worth visiting on a routine basis. 

Here's another, from the GOES satellite:

March1ststormaccordingtoGOES

Enamored of this storm and all it has given us, I plan to take a walk up into its most beautiful bounty — the snow, which the experts say will be found at 5500 – 6000 feet. More pics soon w/luck.

For tonight, let me only remark in amazement and delight at the sound of frog. After three years of drought, and months and months of silence, the stream returns, and the frongs sing again.  

Tonight along Sisar Creek, all seems right with the world. 

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