At what point is extreme weather the norm?

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful storm expected to pack hurricane force winds and heavy rain triggered emergency preparations across Northern California on Wednesday, with residents gathering sand bags, crews clearing storm drains and San Francisco school officials canceling classes for the first time since 9/11.

As much as 8 inches of rain could fall on coastal mountains over a 24-hour period starting late Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. Ski resorts in the northern Sierra Nevada could get more than 2 feet of snow before the storm moves through Southern California and to the east with less strength through states including Nevada, Idaho, Arizona and New Mexico. Those states could get rain and snow, but nothing like what California is expected to experience, forecasters say.

“It’s a short amount of time for that amount of water,” Weather Service forecaster Diana Henderson said. “We are anticipating some localized flooding, maybe some downed trees and downed power lines. It could have an effect on a wide range of people.”

3 thoughts on “At what point is extreme weather the norm?

  1. Last week climate scientists said that California was suffering from the worst drought in 1200 years. That would be since 814 AD, the year Charlemagne died. There was a massive eruption of the Dakataua volcano in 800 AD. It’s well known that after a massive volcanic eruption weather patterns are substantially altered. (See Kracatoa, 1883.) If a one time event like a volcanic eruption can effect the weather for an extended period of time, then pouring hundreds of thousands of tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere year after year must have some long-term effect on the weather. Wouldn’t that stand to reason no matter what the oil companies and the Republican say?

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