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By Ernest Stewart
All of the telephone lines are down
Texas Flood ~~~ Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood watch for large parts of the state, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston. Storms lasting until the weekend could send even more rivers over their banks, it said.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency in 24 Texas counties after a torrential rains dumped a record rainfall, causing major flooding in Texas. Of course, along with the storm came the tornadoes -- 70 in a single day throughout the Great Plains. At least 31 people died in Texas and Oklahoma, from either severe flooding or tornadoes; and, at least 10 people remain missing.
You may recall Texas had been in a severe drought along with the rest of the Southwest; but all that changed last year when one major storm after another left Texas with a water surplus for the first time in a decade; and this year looks to be even more severe. An example might be the city of Brenham, Texas, setting a record for its wettest calendar year on record. This week, it was inundated with more than 19 inches of rain in 48 hours -- more than Los Angeles usually gets in a year! Of course, it could have been worse. Brenham could have been Paris where the Seine has over flowed it's banks again, and caused the Paris's Louvre Museum to move most of it's huge collection to higher ground! Ask the Parisiens if they don't believe in global warming like most Texans do; I dare ya!
Meanwhile, Lake Mead keeps setting new records for lowest it's been since the 1930's, when it was first built. That seems to be how global warming works: one place gets an over-abundance of rain or snow, and right next-door a severe drought. You get feast or famine. As the temperature rises, the climate changes. Remember that great herds of dinosaurs used to roam Alaska. By the time Mankind is through, the only thing roaming Alaska, or any other place, will be giant herds of cockroaches. I'm sure our children and grandchildren will thank us for our stewardship of the Earth, don't you, America?
03-17-1941 ~ 05-27-2016
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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 14 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.