What's Behind California's Wild Weather?

What caused the state's outburst of meteorological fury?

As the skies cleared over the Golden State last week, many wondered whether a vengeful god had unleashed the rain and snowstorms that killed 28 Californians and caused more than $100 million in damage, mostly in the southern part of the state. Downtown Los Angeles logged a record 17 in. of rain over a 15-day stretch (bringing precipitation for the season to a record 22.51 in.), while a mudslide in nearby La Conchita killed 10 residents and swallowed 15 houses. To the north, around Lake Tahoe, roads and cars all but disappeared beneath as much as 19 ft. of newly fallen...

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