Atmospheric rivers in the sky can be 300 miles wide, a mile deep and more than 1,000 miles long. (Credit: Credit: Sabphoto/Adobe Stock) Atmospheric rivers in the sky can be 300 miles wide, a mile deep and more than 1,000 miles long. (Credit: Credit: Sabphoto/Adobe Stock)

In 2019, meteorologists nationwide began rating atmospheric rivers (AR), or storms that have the potential for millions of dollars in losses and severe flooding.

But what exactly is an atmospheric river?


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Christine G. Barlow, CPCU

Christine G. Barlow, CPCU, is Executive Editor of FC&S Expert Coverage Interpretation, a division of National Underwriter Company and ALM. Christine has over thirty years’ experience in the insurance industry, beginning as a claims adjuster then working as an underwriter and underwriting supervisor handling personal lines. Christine regularly presents and moderates webinars on a variety of topics and is an experienced presenter.  

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