With all the publicity about the potential California SuperStorm called the ARkStorm, people are asking what it is and why it is called an "ARkStorm?"
The video in this post gives a very clear understanding of the referenced storm.
The "AR" in "ARkstorm" comes from the "Atmospheric Rivers" that drive the storm system. As the U.S. Geological Survey explains:
The ARkStorm storm is patterned after the 1861–62 historical events but uses modern modeling methods and data from large storms in 1969 and 1986. The ARkStorm draws heat and moisture from the tropical Pacific, forming a series of Atmospheric Rivers (ARs) that approach the ferocity of hurricanes and then slam into the U.S. West Coast over several weeks. Atmospheric Rivers are relatively narrow regions in the atmosphere that are responsible for most of the horizontal transport of water vapor outside of the tropics.
As best I can tell, the added "k" just works nicely to give a great visual as shown above. If anyone knows of another reason for the "k", please post a comment here. Otherwise, it's clear that such storms are why people build arks.
With or without a "K", the ARkStorm is a devastating California SuperStorm that requires serious preparation.
Learn more at www.ARkStorm.com.
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