It has been several days, and what many say seems to be a never ending series of storms in California and over much of the Western U.S.A. The cause of
this unusual weather pattern is unknown.. Though some speculate it could be a part of the extreme global weather resulting from global warming, warmer
than normal ocean currents, and potential climate change....
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Another winter blast spread rain and heavy snow across California on Saturday as residents of waterlogged areas that were stripped by wildfires braced
for flash flooding and mudslides.
As much as six feet (two meters) of snow was possible during the weekend in the northern Sierra Nevada, delighting skiers, while homeowners rushed to
pile sandbags in Southern California, where some neighborhoods below the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles received more than a half-inch
of rain every hour.
"I used to love the rain," said Dallas Branscone of San Bernardino County's Devore area. "Now, I dread all these storms."
In the East, heavy rain and snow that fell earlier in the week caused flooding along the Ohio River that was chasing some residents out of their homes
in communities in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Meteorologists predicted the river would reach its highest level in eight years at Louisville,
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Just an observation here, looking back through old data available through NOAA, the last year has seen a lot of anomalus weather and extreme weather.
NASA has confirmed the weakening of North Atlantic ocean currents... Polar ice is melting at a consistent rate... And average global temperatures are
This extreme weather in the western U.S.A. may not be all that unusual.. It has happened before, and will likely happen again. Though when one looks
at extreme weather events for the last 12 month period on a global scale a pattern can be seen.. Is it unusual or are we just looking at things more
than ever before?
There is a theory that will show that our planet has a natural cycle of warming and cooling in the northern hemisphere, and usually occurs in 10,000
Many suspect we are at or very near the end of the warm phase of this cycle, if true extreme weather events such as the one above and the many seen
over the last year should continue to grow and even get worse.
Parts of the South Western U.S.A. has seen record drought conditions in the very recent past, so far these areas are starting off 2005 wetter than
ever. Some of the desert regions of California, Nevada, Arizona, and southern Utah have reported rain totals in some cases from 10 to 20 inches over
the last 30 days.
All we can do is watch and monitor these weather systems.. Try to better understand these weather anomalies.. And hope that the theories of some of
these scientists are wrong.
If they are right, we are going to see extreme weather conditions grow on a global scale, and could be a vicious cycle, that could do even more damage
to a fragile economy.
Man is truly powerless against nature, and we know far less about nature than we should.
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[edit on 8-1-2005 by UM_Gazz]