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Pineapple Express Storm Threatens California Chaos



Clear Facts

  • A “Pineapple Express” atmospheric river weather system is set to hit California on Thursday, bringing heavy rain, mountain snow, high winds, and potential flooding.
  • These weather systems can provide California with up to 50% of their required annual rainfall, but the state’s infrastructure struggles to manage the precipitation.
  • The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued warnings and shared a precipitation map indicating the areas expected to be worst hit.

A “Pineapple Express” atmospheric river weather system is anticipated to slam into California on Thursday. This unusual weather system drags moisture from the tropical region around Hawaii and dumps it over the West Coast of the U.S., resulting in heavy rain for the once-drought-ridden state. Meteorologist Colin McCarthy explains, “Pineapple Expresses can be some of the strongest and warmest storms to hit California each winter.” He adds that “last winter, over 30 atmospheric rivers hit California, which ended the state’s severe drought and brought record snowfall.”

Californians are advised to prepare for the onslaught from this impending system, which is expected to bring mountain snow, high winds, and potentially serious flooding issues. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a series of tweets regarding the system, including one that showed the “massive Pacific storm” that could reach as far inland as Idaho. A precipitation map shared by NWS suggests coastal California, up through the north, and inland to almost the Nevada border will be worst hit on Wednesday night through Thursday.

These weather systems can provide California with up to 50% of their required annual rainfall, according to McCarthy. However, the infrastructure within the Golden State isn’t designed to manage the precipitation.

Clear Thoughts (op-ed)

The “Pineapple Express” is set to hit California, bringing much-needed rainfall to the state. However, this highlights a critical issue: California’s insufficient infrastructure to manage such precipitation.

These weather systems can deliver up to 50% of the state’s annual rainfall, yet the state has failed to invest in infrastructure to manage this water effectively. It’s a glaring example of government incompetence at the expense of the people.

California’s leaders have known about the potential for these weather events for years, but have chosen to focus on other issues instead. Instead of addressing the state’s water management problems, they’ve pursued costly and ineffective projects like high-speed rail.

This lack of foresight is a disservice to Californians who deserve better. It’s time for the state’s leaders to step up, address the infrastructure issue, and ensure that future weather events like the Pineapple Express can be managed effectively and efficiently.

Let us know what you think, please share your thoughts in the comments below.




  1. Crapafornia

    February 4, 2024 at 6:47 pm

    “Despite 14 years of work and about $5bn spent, the 2008 promise of quick transport between Los Angeles and San Francisco has not materialized.
    When the bond measure was passed in 2008, voters were promised that the bullet train would be operating between Los Angeles and San Francisco by 2020 at a cost of $33 billion. Today, the estimated cost is $100 billion with no set completion date.

    The California project is still technically up and running, but it is so far behind schedule that it has yet to lay a single mile of track, despite 14 years of work and about $5bn spent.

    California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, is no longer talking about the 500-mile stretch from LA to San Francisco, because the projected price tag has skyrocketed far out of reach. Instead, his office is focusing on a 172-mile segment connecting a handful of medium-sized cities in the flat agricultural Central Valley.
    “Who cares about going from Merced to Bakersfield? It’s a stupid waste of money. All this is doing is making contractors and engineers and bureaucrats fat and happy.”

    ” Democrat, U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum, won the first phase construction contract for California’s high-speed rail.”

  2. Micahel Regan

    February 4, 2024 at 7:04 pm

    Our infrastructure can’t handle it but yet we spend money on speed bumps and other traffic “calming” structures

    • Mike

      February 5, 2024 at 8:14 pm

      Talk to Newsom -He’s in charge. Lot’s of luck.

  3. Lou

    February 4, 2024 at 8:11 pm

    As an outsider,I see government representatives most interested in protecting the population from itself, and promoting favored social issues. Followed by quality of life issues.

  4. MIke

    February 5, 2024 at 8:15 pm

    California not prepared?? Newsom’s in charge!

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