Drought-stricken Southern California is getting doused by a powerhouse storm that looks like a hurricane, except it’s not.
On water vapor imagery, the storm shows off an unmistakable counterclockwise swirl and a well-defined center with an eye-like appearance. But, in reality, this is just a mid-latitude storm – albeit an intense one. Its lowest central pressure is 975 mb, the equivalent of a category 1 or 2 hurricane. It kind of resembles a cinnamon roll, or a snail.
Here’s another look at the storm via infrared satellite imagery:
And here’s a summary of the impacts expected from the storm, from the National Weather Service in Los Angeles: