Midwest Flooding – Major and ‘Historic’

Everybody with a television should know by now about the historic flooding occurring in the Midwest. Pretty normal, right?

No, not really. In fact, it’s really abnormal. Here’s why:

a) There has been no spring rains;

b) There has been no snow melt that occurs with the usual flooding of rivers;

c) It’s December. Absolutely not Spring or the “rainy season”.

d) All that water came down in just 4 days – from just 1 storm.

e) And in case you missed it – it’s raining at the North Pole. Also in December. Also historic. Much of England is (still) drowning too. And that is a situation that won’t be going away – UK’s Extreme Storms Are Here To Stay.

Looks like England is going to be on the top of the list for climate refugees – who would have thought? Actually, climate scientists realized this several years ago, but the general public didn’t believe it. A modern advanced country? Well, why not? They’re right in the middle of some of the worst weather we’ve seen dished out yet. And it’s going to get worse.

Jennifer Francis has shared with the world the facts: the Jet Stream is now severely disrupted. This means that any location on the planet can and probably will receive extreme weather. For months I’ve done a bit of documentation on these events, but to be honest, there are so many of these now that it would take a full-time dedicated effort to record them all.

Sorry – no can do. I have a life, somewhere around here… what I’ve shared should be enough to convince the naysayers or at least keep the rest of the sane humanity mildly alarmed. Time to get busy people… you will need to start working on your migration / adaption / endurance / family / business / life strategies. Climate change will NOT be a ‘spectator sport’ that any of us get to sit and watch from the sidelines. It will be a matter of life and death as the weeks, months and years ahead unfold.

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11 thoughts on “Midwest Flooding – Major and ‘Historic’

  • December 31, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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    We misery monkeys have done nothing but FUCK this planet in every way possible including sideways.
    The question now becomes to we kiss it good-night and rollover satisfied or get up and leave before we get our asses kicked by a vengeful spouse?

  • December 31, 2015 at 6:14 pm
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    from http://www.dailyimpact.net/2015/12/31/the-scariest-news-story-of-2016/
    ” [TROLL: “Don’t you ever get tired of making predictions that never come true? You said exactly the same thing a year ago. And the year before that.” Actually, dear trolls, what you find here are not exactly predictions, rather they are analyses of trends and the likely outcomes of those trends. But even if you insist they are predictions, the fact is that virtually all of them are in the process of “coming true” — it’s just that people who have the historical horizons of a fruit fly assume that anything that doesn’t happen while they’re looking at it is never going to happen, and never happened before. In medicine that’s called amnesia.]”

  • January 1, 2016 at 11:17 am
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    I live in St. Louis and have a pretty good view of both the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. I get really tired of the media reporting new historic flood’s every time it floods. This year the Mississippi has been at flood stage with the exception of August. In late November the river started rising. It was already breaking it’s banks before this last rain of 6 to 10 inches. Most of our damage this flood is the smaller local rivers backing up at The Mississippi. As far as damage to homes and businesses, these people all knew they live in a flood plain. Most of them building knowing the water levels from the Great flood of 1993.
    This is really just a large flash flood. If it doesn’t rain for a week or so it will be gone. Calling it historic reeks of media selling penis pills, (headline to get views) . Of course the climate is changing and only going to get worse, but I think they can push any story line about the midwest they want, since nobody will go there to check.
    I know how much money they made selling Ferguson to the world , I still get people who act like it was a real deal. About the only real thing was they managed to get scared people to buy more guns and ammo.
    I worry about the farms when it floods , but at least this time they won’t lose a crop. What will be interesting is if next year we get a large snow bank up north, we can’t really have a historic flood without that and lots and lots of rain. If The Mississippi stays high over the winter(if we have one) it just might get historic around here.
    Thanks for listening and good to see this site back on.

    • January 1, 2016 at 1:26 pm
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      Hi mad cowboy! Good to hear from you again.

      The difference this time, as I understand it, is the time of year. It’s December, there’s no spring rains yet, there is no seasonal melt occurring upstream (yet) and it all happened in a few days. This is what makes this stand out. Flooding there happening every year (usually), but not at this time of year. It’s an indication that something has changed in a pretty big way.

      But I don’t live there, just going by what the climatologist are saying. Many parts of the world are seeing some really big changes this winter, and it can be dry or wet (or even both). The concerns are that wild and extreme events are increasing rapidly. I strongly believe this to be true because there is far more water vapor now in a hotter world and the number of reports has escalated dramatically.

      We were super dry here, then it decided to rain, finally, breaking our drought. Then it stopped for quite a while. Then it snowed for days. The ice and snow buildup is snapping trees now. I lose power daily (seriously) and am finding it hard to stay connected. Work crews around this entire region are pretty much working themselves to death, non-stop repairs everywhere. A few people have been killed. The combination of heavy forest, overhead lines and tons of ice and snow are playing havoc.

      Oh, we had a huge windstorm too in early December that toppled thousands and thousands of trees and left over a 100,000 without power for a week or so. There are still people from that particular unseasonable storm that still have no power as of now.

      It’s different – very different this winter – from what I’ve seen and experienced and read online.

      I agree with you on the media. Scary and dead always make headlines, otherwise its football and infotainment. I wish they’d make the proper connections as advocated here, but ‘climate change’ or ‘climate collapse’ is always ignored or seriously watered down. Not to digress, but I’m pretty angry at them – and the climate scientists – and of course, as usual, our political whores – for failing to tell the public the whole story and to stop being so damned hesitant. They’re not unified and not in agreement and the alarm is not being raised sufficiently. We are in a planetary emergency and need to hear it and start acting like it.

    • January 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm
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      Yes the media does distort a bit. Being from MO, I do recall the 1993 floods which began in either late spring or early summer and continued through at least late November.

      From my perspective, the 1993 flooding in St. Louis (the Great Flood) was due to a stalled low pressure system with seemingly constant rain, that, for months, was situated over the Mississippi River basin and extended from parts north, Iowa and possibly farther north, extending down through Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

      In the St. Louis area, my recollection was that most of the heaviest rains were earlier in the year, and our rains in southern Ozarks of MO were heaviest in November, and I recall several cases of deer hunters having to be rescued by helicopter. Roads, including ours were gouged by 6′ deep trenches and totally impassible.

      Even though I agree this recent flooding did less damage, both the recent and 1993 floods are no doubt part of the entire global warming/climate change phenomenon, which will continue to batter us in ways we have not yet imagined.

  • January 2, 2016 at 1:03 pm
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    This next storm barreling toward the Pacific Coast looks quite strong. Down here in So Cal it will bring the first significant rains so far this winter. I imagine it will impact you admin with more snow, and power problems. I check out regularly this Nasa site, http://wwwghcc.msfc.nasa.gov/GOES/ , and down the list there is the one titled ” Pacific Ocean “. As you see there are options for visible, infrared, and water vapor images and you can select different loop amounts to show the history of movement. The visible one is quite useful to see specifically what is going on during daylight hours. When you click on the thumbnail, it pulls up a larger version still image, then you can put the cursor anywhere within that image and click, and it will show a zoomed in image of that specific area. I have been looking in your general area admin and it looks like a lot of snow everywhere up there.

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