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Unread 04-24-2022, 01:28 PM   #5641
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The reservoirs feeding CA and most of the west are still at very low levels. You have to look at trends, not shorter-term results. Vegas was built up over water and power from the nearby dam, and both are at severe risk. https://drought.ca.gov/current-droug...6ef23cc55cf8dc

Snowpack in CA is at 38% as of April 1 from the 'norm' and the first three month of the year were at the lowest amount of precipitation in 100-years. The early snowpack from the beginning of the season mostly melted way ahead of normal.

Extreme weather situations are one result of climate change. Some places aren't getting rain, while others are getting flooded. NYC had some people in basement apartments die from flooding from a VERY heavy rainstorm. First time that's happened in the history of NYC.
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Here is an interesting video that's kind of related.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi-W5hcRN4E
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Unread 04-25-2022, 01:29 PM   #5643
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Some places aren't getting rain, while others are getting flooded
That's called normal Jim.
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Extreme weather situations are one result of climate change
Extreme weather situations have been around for millennia. Nothing new.
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You sir need to up your Kool-Aid consumption.
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Frequency and severity are keywords to understanding.
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Unread 04-25-2022, 06:11 PM   #5646
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When was the last time California was this dry and the reservoirs were nearly empty?

When was the last time since they've been looking (many years) have they seen rain on the upper glaciers in Greenland?

When was the last time the ice coverage in a good portion of the Arctic had disappeared, or was as thin as it is now?

When was the last time it rained so hard people died in flooding in NYC, or how about what happened in Germany?

Read up on the open patches of rock on the top of Mt Everest where all we've ever known was glacier, and from analyzing the remaining ice cores, the fact that the ice that is left is ancient and essentially no new ice is sticking around. Those mountains are the source of numerous rivers that feed billions of people in India and China.

Or, how the growing season is now starting a couple of weeks earlier as the last killing frost has moved earlier in spring, or the range of tropical insects and their attendant diseases is expanding northward. Lyme disease is getting worse as the winter freeze is not killing off the majority of the ticks, so it doesn't have to spread further from the south back north once it warms back up after winter.

Yes, climate changes, but historically, at least from what we can discern, has NEVER been happening as fast as it is now except for a blip after a major series of volcanic eruptions that put huge amounts of dust and gasses into the atmosphere. Those can change things for a couple of years, but then, things went back to what was the norm, not this extended progression we are seeing now that is accelerating.

Don't confuse weather with climate. But, more frequent and more severe weather events are also tied into the trends. A tropical storm requires heat, and the oceans are getting hotter, fueling more frequent, and in some cases, more severe storms.

Warmer temperatures means the air can hold more water, which is how a storm can become more severe. That assumes there's any moisture IN the air in the first place. That heat also means the ground dries out faster. California is considering covering some of their aquaducts with solar panels to both produce electricity, but as important, shade the surface of the water to help limit evaporation. https://abcnews.go.com/US/water-shor...5306a2e14edacb
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