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Reporters look at vehicles stuck on a road after being trapped by a mudslide
on California Highway 58 in Mojave on Saturday. Mark Ralston /AFP/Getty Images
Be Warned: Nothing Can Change The Shape Of Things To Come!
By Ernest Stewart
"The Shape Of Things To Come." ~~~ Max Frost & The Troopers
On the second day of my second "trip," some lunatics kidnapped a whole busload of kids and buried them alive in their school bus! On average, we had an earthquake at least once a month with many just a few blocks from our in-town house in Hollywood; and, at the beachhouse in Malibu, whole neighborhoods on the cliffs above us were burning to the ground; and a good rain would cause the cliff behind the house to cave in! Since those daze, it's only gotten worse. Not only is Governor Moonbeam back in office, but El Nino's back in town!
You might think with California's 4-year drought that an El Nino storm would be welcomed; but if you did, you'd be wrong for two reasons. With the drought, the water isn't absorbed, but simply runs off; and with the fires burning down much of rural California when it rains, the hills turn to mud, and slide on down into civilization -- but also onto busy freeways! Unfortunately, this wasn't an El Nino storm, but just a run-of-the-mill thunderstorm. El Nino storms tend to be far worse.
Last week strong thunderstorms caused massive mudslides that left vehicles on Highway 58 under up to 6 feet of mud. CBS reported:
"On Friday, rescuers and those stranded in the highway debris flow described a chaotic scene that somehow left no reported injuries or deaths.One of the storms that caused mudslides in Antelope Valley is being described as a 1,000-year rain event, because it dropped 1.81 inches of rain in just under 30 minutes.
The bad news, meteorologists say, is that it could be a sign of the kind of chaos El Nino could bring. John Dumas, a weather service meteorologist, said:
"The storm was not related to El Nino, the warm weather pattern that experts say is expected to produce heavy rain in California this winter, but these storms offer a preview of what's to come.The trouble is, this rain event may not be the once in a 1,000 years rain event, but merely the shape of things to come on a regular basis! Global warming's a bitch, huh?
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(c) 2015 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.