2017 opened with an "atmospheric river" aimed at California. There was a big storm on the 7th followed by a huge storm on the 8th and then another huge storm on the 10th. Lesser storms followed for another week. These graphs show the first three pulses of moisture hitting the rivers.
The biggest jump in flow was on the Eel River.
A good raftable flow is from 2000-5000 CFS.
The biggest flow I've ever rafted was 12000 CFS.
This was fifteen times bigger.
The Feather River in the north-east got it pretty good.
The three forks of the American River all got a good soaking.
The Kings River in the south Sierra got a nice one-two-three punch.
In the Coast Range, Redwood Creek and Cache Creek rose quite a bit.
The Russian River is always fun to watch because it has four good
gages, so you can see the progress of the water downstream.
Finally, the Guadalupe River in San Jose actually flooded a little.
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