When I was a kid we just called these Atmospheric Storms a Pineapple Express without the pineapples! Now they refer to them with these scientific names - I don't know, I liked the thought of a Pineapple Express - brought visions of a sleek, kinda modern red wagon - BIG, it has to be really BIG. and long. Very LONG, filled with pineapples. and it goes FAST, really really fast. And it's a happy time. We all get in line to accept our special pineapple!
Instead of in line for pineapples, people are lining up for sand bags and sand. And it's not a happy time. There's DREAD in the air. Especially from those in the area of our summer fires. So we're expecting some mudslides, street and stream flooding. Flash floods - it's going to be quite the "ride".
So the powers that be, try to get us all freaked out - Okay I got my fresh batteries, food, dog-food, cleaned out the gutters, mowed the lawn, have candles - full tank of gas. and some cash. "They" are saying this could be a 100-year event.