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Global Warming Giveth; Global Warming Taketh Away!
By Ernest Stewart
Officials said, "A series of storms pushed California's biggest reservoir past its historical average for mid-March this weekend and put the second largest one on track for doing the same by Monday afternoon." Together, the Lake Shasta and Lake Oroville reservoirs have the capacity to hold more than 8 million acre feet of water; and, after a wet weekend, they were 79% and 70% full, according to the state Department of Water Resources. The storms filled Lake Shasta above its average for this time of year and by 2 p.m. Monday, Lake Oroville could surpass its historic average, said DWR spokesman Doug Carlson. Lake Shasta is the state's largest reservoir. Imagine that!
Meanwhile, a way down yonder, in Louisiana they've had 24 inches of rain in early March. A parade of March storms hammered central and eastern Texas and the Lower Mississippi, threatening 25 million people. While the heaviest rains were in Oklahoma, and an 800 mile wedge from Illinois to Southern Texas was put under flood and flash-flood warnings. Not only that, but the southern states from Texas to Florida and north into Arkansas and all the way to Tennessee face the loss of tens of thousands of homes as rivers flood their banks causing billions in destruction. Along with the storms they've had high winds and tornadoes.
Fortunately, this storm then ran up the Ohio valley south of here; and by the time it got to my house, it was all small showers, just what we needed. In the past, moderate spring El Ninos brought good precipitation all three months of the season. However, as in May 2015, some years severely concentrated almost all the rainfall into just a few days of the month, causing major flooding. This is what is happening now in the South. Did I mention that if we don't do something, this will get progressively worse, year after year after year!
This just in! As many as 13.1 million people living along U.S. coastlines could face flooding by the end of the century, because of rising sea levels, according to a new study that warns that large numbers of Americans could be forced to relocate to higher ground.
The estimated number of coastal dwellers affected by rising sea level is three times higher than previously projected, according to the study published Monday in the science journal Nature Climate Change. As many as 1 million California residents could be affected.
The study says that if protective measures are not implemented, large numbers of Americans could be forced to relocate in a migration mirroring the scale of the Great Migration of African Americans from Southern states during the 20th century. But, hey, don't worry; none of us will live to see that; but our children's, children's, children will. Or, it could be like the warning we got in the late 1990's, saying the same thing about Global Warming and the 2 degrees C rise; but came about in 18 years instead of 100 years that they predicted. There are a lot of South Seas Islander's watching their island and homes vanish beneath the sea, today!
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(c) 2016 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 13 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.