2023 in California brought record precipitation and disastrous flooding throughout the state. The storms, often called atmospheric rivers, inundated California with so much water that it cut the drought we have been experiencing for three years in half.
So much rain in such a short time brought damage (flooded highways, broken levees, hillside collapses, lives lost…) but also replenished reservoirs, lakes, streams, and wells, and built up a strong snowpack that will preserve that water in the spring and summer.
The drought is definitely not over and many experts say this wet year is a sign of even more dry years to come. In the meantime, the people of California have sighed with relief because at least there is some light at the end of the drought tunnel.
I brought my camera out during the storms to try to capture some of that bountiful rain. Here are some of this year’s torrential rain images that I’m dying to share with you.
With love – Maite