USGS talk tonight: Could hurricane-like storm hit state?


The U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park is working on a disaster scenario that could cause walls to rattle and bridges to sway but the ground to stay put, more or less.

The USGS ARkSTORM project considers the possibility of a massive hurricane-like winter storm striking the West Coast and staying for weeks. The last such storm hit California in 1861; climate change could induce more of them, climate experts say.

The cause would be a so-called atmospheric river, a "meteorological phenomenon that draws water vapor from the Pacific Ocean near the equator and transports it to the U.S. West Coast with firehose-like ferocity," according to a USGS publication.

USGS Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project Manager Dale Cox will give a talk on this subject at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in Conference Room A in Building 3 at the USGS offices at 345 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

Go to this link for more information.

Go to this link for an audio preview of the talk.

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Posted by Disappointed Citizen
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Feb 25, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Too bad there wasn't more notice, I know a lot of people who would have attended, but 1 days notice doesn't always work these days !
Perhaps the USGS could re-run this program at a later date, advertise said program and enjoy a larger turnout ! Sorry I missed
it, I am sure it was very interesting, especially with the back history from 1861. It's been 149 yrs, what do you think folks !!

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm

If you miss a public lecture at USGS you can almost always view the archived videostream of the talk. Lastweek's talk can be viewed at Web Link

To see the archive of all the older talks since 2002 go to Web Link

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