What are atmospheric rivers? – NOAA

Infographic: The science behind atmospheric rivers (courtesy of NOAA)

Atmospheric rivers are relatively long, narrow regions in the atmosphere – like rivers in the sky – that transport most of the water vapor outside of the tropics. These columns of vapor move with the weather, carrying an amount of water vapor roughly equivalent to the average flow of water at the mouth of the Mississippi River. When the atmospheric rivers make landfall, they often release this water vapor in the form of rain or snow…

NOAA’s “Picture Climate Change” Student Photo Contest

NOAA Logo (by Badseed, Public domain, via Wikimedia).

Show NOAA how climate change is impacting your community

To enhance our understanding of the diverse ways climate change impacts people and places around the United States, NOAA is asking students in grades 5 through 12 for photo submissions showcasing what climate change means to you.

How has climate change impacted you? Your family? Your school? Your community? We want to hear and see your climate impact stories through your eyes. In what ways has your landscape, wildlife, or way of life changed due to climate shifts?