SF Bay Area weather
California is having an extremely dry February.
The satellite image above reveals why: A high-pressure system is directing the Pacific Ocean’s atmospheric river — the stream that brings rain to the West Coast — towards Washington state.
The majority of California is experiencing abnormally dry conditions and moderate drought.
February should be the heart of California’s rainy season — but this month, there’s no rain.
The image above, taken by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite on February 11, offers a visual explanation for the weird weather.
The photo shows a giant high-pressure ridge over the Pacific Ocean that’s keeping storm clouds away from the California coast. The ridge is sending that wind and rain towards the Pacific