These are two screen captures from the Chromebox from yesterday. I’ve not yet found an easy way to crop these (Chrome applications are sometimes a bit obtuse, and sometimes limited, so my ‘edit’ ability is hobbled. I hope to get a real Linux installed on the thing in the next month or two to solve that, but we’ll see how time availability goes). Both are from our (US) government. One shows the present ongoing horrible end of life as we know it Global Warming caused Mother Of All Droughts (that is indistinguishable to me from the half dozen or so I’ve lived through in California). The other shows the present ongoing horrible end of life as we know it Global Warming caused Mother Of All Floods (that is indistinguishable from the half dozen or so I’ve lived through in California – other than being a bit wimpy compared to the early ’60s).
Yes, we seem to be having a Drought Flood, or maybe a Flood Drought. Clearly we need a new vocabulary to deal with all the Horrible End Of Life As We Know It things brought to us by the ‘science’ of Global Warming. Wet drought? Dought flood? Decisions decisions….
So that’s the drought conditions at present. When I was a kid, droughts ended when the rains came. Now a drought doesn’t end until you have refilled all reservoirs (even those being flushed to sea for bait fish) and have had above average rainfall for enough years to have the running average reach normal. That can take a few years. The net result is that we have near perpetual “official drought” even long after normal rainfall returns. Which brings us to:
Such is the stuff that the Global Warming panic is made of. California, like Australia and many other places, has absolutely normal oscillation between dry and wet. Proper use of running means, averaging when inappropriate, and changing traditional definitions of things like ‘drought’; you too can create a catastrophe out of just about any normal cyclical change.
But you end up with the problem of having your two ‘catastrophes’ overlap… It will be interesting to see how they sell the New, Improved, “Global Warming Flooding Drought”…
Then there’s the problem of folks like me who lived in California for about 60 consecutive years. I’ve seen a full 60 year weather cycle. What’s happening now is indistinguishable from normal. Much like the ’50s to early ’60s IMHO. Maybe they can just define us away… Call us the D-Word (or worse?).
But when it comes to drought and flood in California: “Yet, it cycles! -E.M. Smith”