This cyclone is soaking Southern California with welcome rain

This cyclone is soaking Southern California with welcome rain

A big, spinning storm has moved over Southern California, and will douse the region in much needed rain. 

Seen in the satellite image above, it’s a common winter storm, called a mid-latitude cyclone, rotating counter-clockwise like a whirlpool. It will shower the area through Tuesday night.

“It’s a good ole mid-latitude cyclone,” said Jeff Weber, a research meteorologist at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

A mid-latitude cyclone is basically air and clouds rotating around a region of low atmospheric pressure  — and areas of low pressure invite air to pour into a region, bringing clouds and rain. Read more…

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