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On the one hand, awe have a rapidly warming planet where the Earths temperature reached its highest point in 136 years of record-keeping during July....not just the hottest July on record but the hottest month out of all the months on record......also making it 15 straight months where every month was the hottest month of that name on record....in a year that scientists are saying is inevitably going to be the next new 'hottest year on record', following the two previous 'hottest years on record' in 2014 and 2015....making the last three years, three consequetive 'hottest years on record', a new record in itself. July was also the 379th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average, according to NOAA.

 

On the other hand, we have the Republican Party, in corrupt thrall to the fossil fuel industry, stupidly trying to deny the reality of the scientifically confirmed human-caused, CO2 driven, climate change crisis the world is facing. They have tied their whole 'brand' to the denial of something that is rapidly becoming more and more obvious to anyone with more than half a brain who just looks around them at all of the changes the world is undergoing as temperatures climb and records of all kinds are broken with increasing frequency. Their Presidential and Congressional candidates are all global warming/climate change deniers. Their moronic denial of reality is going to cost them dearly in the coming election, compounding the damage that Trump's insanities and blatant racism are doing to the Party and the rest of the candidates.

 

Do they really think that no one can just simply see what is happening to our world, right in front of our eyes, as climate disruptions multiply and severe events like this flooding in Louisiana (and many other parts of the world), and the raging wildfires in California (and many other parts of the world), become increasingly common, regular events?

 

Sea levels are rising and the rate is increasing. Trump publicly denies it all, but privately builds a wall to protect his ocean front golf course in Ireland. As Politico reported, "the Trump Organization has submitted a permit to build a sea wall, which cites rising sea levels from climate change as a threat. Not just any wall will do - one plan called for a limestone barricade 20 meters wide, what Friends of the Irish Environments Tony Lowes described to CNBC as a "monster sea wall"."

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The Republicans are doomed reality-challenged cretins.....and they are going to lose everything.....their chance at the Presidency, the Senate, the House of Representitives, and their entire viability and Party cohesion, as their rigid ideological/economic obsessions and oil/coal/gas money corruption help to destroy them in the coming election in November. Losers! And the pathetic rightwingnuts who toe the Party line on AGW denial on this forum are even worse and much more gullible.

 

Louisiana flood: Is this what climate change looks like?

The Seattle Times

By JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH

August 17, 2016

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An aerial photo shows a flooded section of Baton Rouge, La., on Monday. At least 10 people have died and more than 30,000 have been rescued amid days of heavy rain in the southern part of the state. This is an unprecedented event here, said Barry Keim, the state climatologist. (MELISSA LEAKE/US COAST GUARD/HANDOUT/EPA)

 

Disaster in Louisiana is the eighth deluge to wreak havoc on the nation since May 2015 and may provide a possible glimpse of climate change.

 

Climate change is never going to announce itself by name. But this is what we should expect it to look like.

 

Thats what many scientists, analysts and activists are saying after heavy rains in southern Louisiana have killed at least 10 people and forced tens of thousands from their homes, in the latest in a series of extreme floods in the United States during the last two years.

 

The increase in heavy rainfall and the resultant flooding "is consistent with what we expect to see in the future if you look at climate models," said David Easterling, a director at the National Centers for Environmental Information, which is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "Not just in the U.S. but in many other parts of the world as well."

 

The flooding in Louisiana is the eighth event since May 2015 in which the amount of rainfall matches or exceeds NOAAs predictions for an amount of precipitation that will occur once every 500 years, or has a 0.2 percent chance of occurring in any given year.

 

Louisiana joins five other states, most of them in the South, that have experienced deadly flooding in the last 15  months, including Oklahoma, Texas, South Carolina and West Virginia.

 

In the last three months alone, floods in Maryland, West Virginia and Louisiana have combined to kill dozens of people and damage tens of thousands of homes and vehicles.

 

The National Weather Service reports that parts of Louisiana have received as much as 31 inches of rain in the last week, a number that Easterling called "pretty staggering," and one that exceeds an amount of precipitation his center predicts will occur once every thousand years in the area.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke at a news conference alongside FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, saying "well over" 20,000 people have been rescued since the flooding began Friday.

 

His office later increased that figure to more than 30,000.

 

Beginning Friday, a torrent of about 2 feet of rain inundated the southern part of the state during a 48-hour period, and days later many homes and businesses were still underwater.

 

"This is an unprecedented event here," said Barry Keim, the state climatologist. "There is nothing in the recent past that even comes close."

 

Keim and other forecasters said they had begun tracking the storm system in early August and watched as it moved to the northwest.

 

But the scale of the storm left many people here reeling.

 

"When a tropical wave is coming at you, that doesnt really instill a lot of fear, and the Weather Service knew a heavy rainfall event was likely to happen," Keim said from his office at Louisiana State University, which was partly closed Tuesday. "But I dont think anybody knew just how bad it was going to be."

 

Downstream peril

While some areas were entering recovery mode, the governor warned that new places downstream could see flooding and that officials are still in search-and-rescue mode.

 

"I don't know we have a good handle on the number of people who are missing," he said.

 

Some residents returned to their flood-damaged homes and businesses for the first time Tuesday and found a soggy mess.

 

David Key used a small boat to get to his house in Prairieville and said it had taken on 5 inches of "muddy, nasty bayou water." There were fish and thousands of spiders. Mold has started to set in.

 

The extent of damage was coming into clearer view. About 40,000 people had signed up for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and eight more parishes were added to the federal disaster declaration, bringing the total to 12.

 

In Livingston Parish, one of the hardest-hit areas, with about 138,000 people, an official estimated that 75 percent of the homes were a "total loss."

 

Rivers and creeks were still dangerously bloated south of Baton Rouge as people filled sandbags to protect their houses, bracing for the worst as the water worked its way south.

 

In Ascension Parish, officials said, some small towns have already been inundated.

 

The governor said more than 8,000 people were in shelters, but the number was constantly fluctuating.

 

Rivers reached historic highs - occasionally shattering old records dating to 1983 floods.

 

Far above average

The third National Climate Assessment, released in 2014 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, showed that "the amount of rain falling in very heavy precipitation events" had been significantly above average since 1991.

 

However, the research did not identify the South as one of the areas of greatest concern; the increase was found to be greatest in the Northeast, Midwest and Upper Great Plains regions of the United States.

 

Some climate researchers warned Tuesday it was too early to explain why so much of the country has faced sudden flooding.

 

"Its really hard to attribute things like this without a larger body of evidence," said Keim, the Louisiana state climatologist. "And, of course, the question keeps coming up: How large does that body of evidence have to get?"

 

But others said the situation was quite clear.

 

"This is exactly what scientists have been predicting," said the climate activist Bill McKibben. "The basic physics are simple: Warm air holds more water vapor, something that is turning out to be one of the most important facts of the 21st century."

 

"And while Louisiana was flooding, there were also huge flood events under way in Moscow (biggest rains in 129 years of record-keeping), the Sudan, Manila, and probably plenty of other places," he added.

 

For the last four years, the American Meteorological Society has attempted to explain how climate change has influenced individual extreme weather events. However, that type of analysis is not yet available for the flooding in Louisiana.

 

Rob Moore, a senior policy analyst at the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council who focuses on climate changes effect on water resources, said state and local governments would have to change their approaches to keeping residents safe from flooding.

 

"If you look across all our natural-disaster policies, theyre predicated on the wrong assumption that our flood risk in the future looks identical to our flood risk in the past," Moore said.

 

He said initiatives like the National Flood Insurance Program, which focuses on helping people rebuild in areas that have been flooded, were increasingly "untenable," given sea-level rise.

 

A report released earlier this month by Seattle online real-estate company Zillow predicted that almost 1.9 million homes, worth a combined $882 billion, would be lost to rising sea levels - and the flooding likely to follow - that climate scientists expect to see by the year 2100.

 

"When Zillow starts warning about sea-level rise, it may be time to start worrying about sea-level rise," Moore said.

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I don't think the people of Louisiana is calling it a hoax.

It would be just like Trump to campaign in that state while its underwater and say climate change doesn't exist.

 

In all seriousness, this is the wave of the future and its freaking terrifying.

Just another reason to elect Hillary instead of a climate change denier.

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I don't think the people of Louisiana is calling it a hoax.

It would be just like Trump to campaign in that state while its underwater and say climate change doesn't exist.

In all seriousness, this is the wave of the future and its freaking terrifying.

Just another reason to elect Hillary instead of a climate change denier.

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We elected obama to slow the rise of the seas.

Mission not accomplished.

"We"???.....LOLOLOL.....you had nothing to do with electing President Obama, you retarded racist rightwingnut troll.

 

President Obama is doing all that he can to deal with the climate change crisis, given the constant obstruction and sabotage from the Republican controlled Congress.

 

That is one of the many, many reasons the sane people elected him, fuck-wit.

 

President Clinton will have an easier time getting things done in this area since she will be working with a Congress controlled by Democrats, rather than corrupt Republican stooges for the fossil fuel industry.

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Nope! They call you a liar, GrovelingBastard! We've been over this before and I debunked your drivel.

 

Your link leads to an AMS paper analyzing percipitation patterns in JUST THE USA, nutbagger, not global and not NASA.

 

This is what NASA says....It is impossible to pin any single unusual weather event on global warming, but emerging evidence suggests that global warming is already influencing the weather. Heat waves, droughts, and intense rain events have increased in frequency during the last 50 years, and human-induced global warming more likely than not contributed to the trend.

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"We"???.....LOLOLOL.....you had nothing to do with electing President Obama, you retarded racist rightwingnut troll.

 

President Obama is doing all that he can to deal with the climate change crisis, given the constant obstruction and sabotage from the Republican controlled Congress.

 

That is one of the many, many reasons the sane people elected him, fuck-wit.

 

President Clinton will have an easier time getting things done in this area since she will be working with a Congress controlled by Democrats, rather than corrupt Republican stooges for the fossil fuel industry.

So us electing obama yielded exactly zero, as these historic floods have shown. Bill didn't prevent them either....even with alGore by his side.

 

What good is it electing these promise breakers again?

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Climate change is a syllogism topic, Climate never stays the same so it is forever changing currently. Physical absolute, just not absolutely as projected by science and speculation.

 

Imagine life never physically able to exist beyond the moment here, How and why does that simplicity keep everything specifically spaced apart as it does now? Why doesn't it add up the same regardless humanity's ever changing theories and theologies about linear time tables?

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So us electing obama yielded exactly zero, as these historic floods have shown. Bill didn't prevent them either....even with alGore by his side.

What good is it electing these promise breakers again?

These "promises" are specious creations of your own diseased brain, nutty retard.

 

In the real world.....electing President Obama yielded us one of the best, most intelligent, most compassionate Presidents this country has ever had....as many other have also noted....

 

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Your own link says they can't attribute storms to Goebbel Warming, yet that's exactly what you're doing.

NASA says you're a liar:

The pathological liar says its NASA and then uses the American Meterorologcal Society For a link.

And he thought no one would check. You are a shameless liar.

 

From NASA:

 

Changes in climate not only affect average temperatures, but also extreme temperatures, increasing the likelihood of weather-related natural disasters.

 

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/RisingCost/rising_cost5.php

 

Anyone this wrong this often ought to just crawl away and retire from political forums.

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The pathological liar says its NASA and then uses the American Meterorologcal Society For a link.

And he thought no one would check. You are a shameless liar.

 

From NASA:

 

Changes in climate not only affect average temperatures, but also extreme temperatures, increasing the likelihood of weather-related natural disasters.

 

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/RisingCost/rising_cost5.php

 

Anyone this wrong this often ought to just crawl away and retire from political forums.

Back to basic syllogism again. if you(single ancestor) don't agree with the belief, you stand against everyone accepting the faith. Now be a person that understands self containment and a global population that won't accept the physical results as displaced here.

 

Welcome to Eternal Hell with every breath you take. Now how does one get out? adopt a belief and hope now isn't Eternity.

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These "promises" are specious creations of your own diseased brain, nutty retard.

 

In the real world.....electing President Obama yielded us one of the best, most intelligent, most compassionate Presidents this country has ever had....as many other have also noted....

 

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Well, Obama has had a lot of firsts:

1) First President to be photographed smoking a joint.

2) First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.

3) First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.

4) First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.

5) First President to violate the War Powers Act.

6) First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

7) First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.

8) First President to spend a trillion dollars on “shovel-ready” jobs when there was no such thing as “shovel-ready” jobs.

9) First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.

10) First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.

11) First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.

12) First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign.

13) First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.

14) First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.

15) First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.

16) First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.

17) First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.

18) First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.

19) First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).

20) First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.

21) First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal).

22) First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.

23) First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.

24) First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists.

25) First President to golf more than 150 separate times in his five years in office.

26) First President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records.

27) First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.

28) First President to go on multiple “global apology tours” and concurrent “insult our friends” tours.

29) First President to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers.

30) First President to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.

31) First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.

32) First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.

33) First President to repeat the Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.

34) First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs Arizona).

35) First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.

36) First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they “volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences.”

37) Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion.

38) First President to be called a pussy on live national TV...(Col.Ralph Peters)

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Worst flood not caused by global warming.


Yangtze River peaks in China - Aug 18, 1931 - HISTORY.com


On this day in 1931, the Yangtze River in China peaks during a horrible flood that kills 3.7 million people directly and indirectly over the next several months. This was perhaps the worst natural disaster of the 20th century.


Don't areas in flood zones often; ah, what's that called again,


Flood?

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Worst flood not caused by global warming.

Maybe, maybe not....old article.....meaningless in any case in relation to the ever increasing numbers of severe flooding events in the last few decades, moron.

 

 

 

 

 

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LOL....As I said on that other thread...

 

You poor delusional nutjob.....

 

In the real world of the 21st Century....

 

Heavy Flooding and Global Warming: Is There a Connection?

The Unuon of Concerned Scientists

Climate change increases the probability of some types of weather. Recent heavy rains and flooding in the Northeast, Midwest, and Great Plains are consistent with a warming planet, and such events are expected to become more common over time.

 

As average temperatures in regions across the country have gone up, more rain has fallen during the heaviest downpours. Very heavy precipitation events, defined as the heaviest one percent, now drop 67 percent more precipitation in the Northeast, 31 percent more in the Midwest and 15 percent more in the Great Plains, including the Dakotas, than they did 50 years ago.

 

This happens because warmer air holds more moisture. This fact is apparent when you see water vapor hanging in the air after turning off a hot shower. When warm air holding moisture meets cooler air, the moisture condenses into tiny droplets that float in the air. If the drops get bigger and become heavy enough, they fall as precipitation.

 

If the emissions that cause global warming continue unabated, scientists expect the amount of rainfall during the heaviest precipitation events across country to increase more than 40 percent by the end of the century. Even if we dramatically curbed emissions, these downpours will still increase, but by only a little more than 20 percent. Regardless of what action we take to cut emissions, municipalities that are vulnerable to heavy precipitation events should plan for more flooding. Any efforts to reduce emissions would make it easier for them to adapt.

 

Climate science contrarians often argue that it is impossible for global warming to cause both heavy precipitation and drought. They are either misinformed or purposefully confusing the issue. Drought is a measure of annual precipitation, not the intensity of precipitation events.

 

As a consequence of global warming, annual precipitation levels have increased in many parts of the country and decreased in others. Between 1958 and 2007, for example, the Southeast and Southwest experienced more drought even while overall precipitation across the country increased an average of five percent. These precipitation changes, along with temperature shifts, threaten agriculture and have contributed to the northerly movement of plant hardiness zones.

 

It is worth noting that last months blizzard in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast also is consistent with global warming. That heavy precipitation event just happened to occur in winter rather than spring, bringing snow rather than rain. Global warming will likely make the winter season shorter and colder weather less common, but winter will not disappear altogether.

 

Global warming also is causing measurable season creep worldwide. Spring weather is arriving earlier and fall weather is arriving later than ever before. If temperatures were a bit colder in the Northeast or Midwest, those regions would have been contending with a massive snowfall instead of heavy rains.

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These "promises" are specious creations of your own diseased brain, nutty retard.

 

In the real world.....electing President Obama yielded us one of the best, most intelligent, most compassionate Presidents this country has ever had....as many other have also noted....

 

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LOL!!! Wingnut websites claiming the greatness of obama. Great at running up debt, maybe.

 

Too bad he couldn't quite halt the rising seas.

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On the one hand, awe have a rapidly warming planet where the Earths temperature reached its highest point in 136 years of record-keeping during July....not just the hottest July on record but the hottest month out of all the months on record......also making it 15 straight months where every month was the hottest month of that name on record....in a year that scientists are saying is inevitably going to be the next new 'hottest year on record', following the two previous 'hottest years on record' in 2014 and 2015....making the last three years, three consequetive 'hottest years on record', a new record in itself. July was also the 379th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average, according to NOAA.

 

On the other hand, we have the Republican Party, in corrupt thrall to the fossil fuel industry, stupidly trying to deny the reality of the scientifically confirmed human-caused, CO2 driven, climate change crisis the world is facing. They have tied their whole 'brand' to the denial of something that is rapidly becoming more and more obvious to anyone with more than half a brain who just looks around them at all of the changes the world is undergoing as temperatures climb and records of all kinds are broken with increasing frequency. Their Presidential and Congressional candidates are all global warming/climate change deniers. Their moronic denial of reality is going to cost them dearly in the coming election, compounding the damage that Trump's insanities and blatant racism are doing to the Party and the rest of the candidates.

 

Do they really think that no one can just simply see what is happening to our world, right in front of our eyes, as climate disruptions multiply and severe events like this flooding in Louisiana (and many other parts of the world), and the raging wildfires in California (and many other parts of the world), become increasingly common, regular events?

 

Sea levels are rising and the rate is increasing. Trump publicly denies it all, but privately builds a wall to protect his ocean front golf course in Ireland. As Politico reported, "the Trump Organization has submitted a permit to build a sea wall, which cites rising sea levels from climate change as a threat. Not just any wall will do - one plan called for a limestone barricade 20 meters wide, what Friends of the Irish Environments Tony Lowes described to CNBC as a "monster sea wall"."

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The Republicans are doomed reality-challenged cretins.....and they are going to lose everything.....their chance at the Presidency, the Senate, the House of Representitives, and their entire viability and Party cohesion, as their rigid ideological/economic obsessions and oil/coal/gas money corruption help to destroy them in the coming election in November. Losers! And the pathetic rightwingnuts who toe the Party line on AGW denial on this forum are even worse and much more gullible.

 

Louisiana flood: Is this what climate change looks like?

The Seattle Times

By JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH

August 17, 2016

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An aerial photo shows a flooded section of Baton Rouge, La., on Monday. At least 10 people have died and more than 30,000 have been rescued amid days of heavy rain in the southern part of the state. This is an unprecedented event here, said Barry Keim, the state climatologist. (MELISSA LEAKE/US COAST GUARD/HANDOUT/EPA)

 

Disaster in Louisiana is the eighth deluge to wreak havoc on the nation since May 2015 and may provide a possible glimpse of climate change.

 

Climate change is never going to announce itself by name. But this is what we should expect it to look like.

 

Thats what many scientists, analysts and activists are saying after heavy rains in southern Louisiana have killed at least 10 people and forced tens of thousands from their homes, in the latest in a series of extreme floods in the United States during the last two years.

 

The increase in heavy rainfall and the resultant flooding "is consistent with what we expect to see in the future if you look at climate models," said David Easterling, a director at the National Centers for Environmental Information, which is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "Not just in the U.S. but in many other parts of the world as well."

 

The flooding in Louisiana is the eighth event since May 2015 in which the amount of rainfall matches or exceeds NOAAs predictions for an amount of precipitation that will occur once every 500 years, or has a 0.2 percent chance of occurring in any given year.

 

Louisiana joins five other states, most of them in the South, that have experienced deadly flooding in the last 15  months, including Oklahoma, Texas, South Carolina and West Virginia.

 

In the last three months alone, floods in Maryland, West Virginia and Louisiana have combined to kill dozens of people and damage tens of thousands of homes and vehicles.

 

The National Weather Service reports that parts of Louisiana have received as much as 31 inches of rain in the last week, a number that Easterling called "pretty staggering," and one that exceeds an amount of precipitation his center predicts will occur once every thousand years in the area.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke at a news conference alongside FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, saying "well over" 20,000 people have been rescued since the flooding began Friday.

 

His office later increased that figure to more than 30,000.

 

Beginning Friday, a torrent of about 2 feet of rain inundated the southern part of the state during a 48-hour period, and days later many homes and businesses were still underwater.

 

"This is an unprecedented event here," said Barry Keim, the state climatologist. "There is nothing in the recent past that even comes close."

 

Keim and other forecasters said they had begun tracking the storm system in early August and watched as it moved to the northwest.

 

But the scale of the storm left many people here reeling.

 

"When a tropical wave is coming at you, that doesnt really instill a lot of fear, and the Weather Service knew a heavy rainfall event was likely to happen," Keim said from his office at Louisiana State University, which was partly closed Tuesday. "But I dont think anybody knew just how bad it was going to be."

 

Downstream peril

While some areas were entering recovery mode, the governor warned that new places downstream could see flooding and that officials are still in search-and-rescue mode.

 

"I don't know we have a good handle on the number of people who are missing," he said.

 

Some residents returned to their flood-damaged homes and businesses for the first time Tuesday and found a soggy mess.

 

David Key used a small boat to get to his house in Prairieville and said it had taken on 5 inches of "muddy, nasty bayou water." There were fish and thousands of spiders. Mold has started to set in.

 

The extent of damage was coming into clearer view. About 40,000 people had signed up for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and eight more parishes were added to the federal disaster declaration, bringing the total to 12.

 

In Livingston Parish, one of the hardest-hit areas, with about 138,000 people, an official estimated that 75 percent of the homes were a "total loss."

 

Rivers and creeks were still dangerously bloated south of Baton Rouge as people filled sandbags to protect their houses, bracing for the worst as the water worked its way south.

 

In Ascension Parish, officials said, some small towns have already been inundated.

 

The governor said more than 8,000 people were in shelters, but the number was constantly fluctuating.

 

Rivers reached historic highs - occasionally shattering old records dating to 1983 floods.

 

Far above average

The third National Climate Assessment, released in 2014 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, showed that "the amount of rain falling in very heavy precipitation events" had been significantly above average since 1991.

 

However, the research did not identify the South as one of the areas of greatest concern; the increase was found to be greatest in the Northeast, Midwest and Upper Great Plains regions of the United States.

 

Some climate researchers warned Tuesday it was too early to explain why so much of the country has faced sudden flooding.

 

"Its really hard to attribute things like this without a larger body of evidence," said Keim, the Louisiana state climatologist. "And, of course, the question keeps coming up: How large does that body of evidence have to get?"

 

But others said the situation was quite clear.

 

"This is exactly what scientists have been predicting," said the climate activist Bill McKibben. "The basic physics are simple: Warm air holds more water vapor, something that is turning out to be one of the most important facts of the 21st century."

 

"And while Louisiana was flooding, there were also huge flood events under way in Moscow (biggest rains in 129 years of record-keeping), the Sudan, Manila, and probably plenty of other places," he added.

 

For the last four years, the American Meteorological Society has attempted to explain how climate change has influenced individual extreme weather events. However, that type of analysis is not yet available for the flooding in Louisiana.

 

Rob Moore, a senior policy analyst at the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council who focuses on climate changes effect on water resources, said state and local governments would have to change their approaches to keeping residents safe from flooding.

 

"If you look across all our natural-disaster policies, theyre predicated on the wrong assumption that our flood risk in the future looks identical to our flood risk in the past," Moore said.

 

He said initiatives like the National Flood Insurance Program, which focuses on helping people rebuild in areas that have been flooded, were increasingly "untenable," given sea-level rise.

 

A report released earlier this month by Seattle online real-estate company Zillow predicted that almost 1.9 million homes, worth a combined $882 billion, would be lost to rising sea levels - and the flooding likely to follow - that climate scientists expect to see by the year 2100.

 

"When Zillow starts warning about sea-level rise, it may be time to start worrying about sea-level rise," Moore said.

Is that nlgger town that is flooded,,, if it is who cares they are nlggers

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LOL!!! Wingnut websites claiming the greatness of obama. Great at running up debt, maybe.

Too bad he couldn't quite halt the rising seas.

Meaningless bullshit, bozo. The seas are going to keep rising for quite a while, no matter what anyone does....that's locked into the system by the already excess amounts of greenhouse gases that mankind has put into the atmosphere.

 

What President Obama has tried to do, with some success and over Republican obstructionism and sabatoge, is to limit and decrease the eventual total rise in sea levels by working to stop our country and the world from continually making the problem worse and the end results more severe by continuing to add even more CO2 and methane to the atmosphere every year. He has worked hard to promote renewable energy sources for power and transportation that can replace CO2 emitting sources. Which you deranged fossil fuel industry suck-ups, of course, hate.

 

Your racist hatred of a successful Black Democratic President is only to be expected from a rabid rightwingnut pinhead like you, nutty retard.

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On the one hand, awe have a rapidly warming planet where the Earths temperature reached its highest point in 136 years of record-keeping during July....not just the hottest July on record but the hottest month out of all the months on record......also making it 15 straight months where every month was the hottest month of that name on record....in a year that scientists are saying is inevitably going to be the next new 'hottest year on record', following the two previous 'hottest years on record' in 2014 and 2015....making the last three years, three consequetive 'hottest years on record', a new record in itself. July was also the 379th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average, according to NOAA.

 

On the other hand, we have the Republican Party, in corrupt thrall to the fossil fuel industry, stupidly trying to deny the reality of the scientifically confirmed human-caused, CO2 driven, climate change crisis the world is facing. They have tied their whole 'brand' to the denial of something that is rapidly becoming more and more obvious to anyone with more than half a brain who just looks around them at all of the changes the world is undergoing as temperatures climb and records of all kinds are broken with increasing frequency. Their Presidential and Congressional candidates are all global warming/climate change deniers. Their moronic denial of reality is going to cost them dearly in the coming election, compounding the damage that Trump's insanities and blatant racism are doing to the Party and the rest of the candidates.

 

Do they really think that no one can just simply see what is happening to our world, right in front of our eyes, as climate disruptions multiply and severe events like this flooding in Louisiana (and many other parts of the world), and the raging wildfires in California (and many other parts of the world), become increasingly common, regular events?

 

Sea levels are rising and the rate is increasing. Trump publicly denies it all, but privately builds a wall to protect his ocean front golf course in Ireland. As Politico reported, "the Trump Organization has submitted a permit to build a sea wall, which cites rising sea levels from climate change as a threat. Not just any wall will do - one plan called for a limestone barricade 20 meters wide, what Friends of the Irish Environments Tony Lowes described to CNBC as a "monster sea wall"."

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The Republicans are doomed reality-challenged cretins.....and they are going to lose everything.....their chance at the Presidency, the Senate, the House of Representitives, and their entire viability and Party cohesion, as their rigid ideological/economic obsessions and oil/coal/gas money corruption help to destroy them in the coming election in November. Losers! And the pathetic rightwingnuts who toe the Party line on AGW denial on this forum are even worse and much more gullible.

 

Louisiana flood: Is this what climate change looks like?

The Seattle Times

By JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH

August 17, 2016

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An aerial photo shows a flooded section of Baton Rouge, La., on Monday. At least 10 people have died and more than 30,000 have been rescued amid days of heavy rain in the southern part of the state. This is an unprecedented event here, said Barry Keim, the state climatologist. (MELISSA LEAKE/US COAST GUARD/HANDOUT/EPA)

 

Disaster in Louisiana is the eighth deluge to wreak havoc on the nation since May 2015 and may provide a possible glimpse of climate change.

 

Climate change is never going to announce itself by name. But this is what we should expect it to look like.

 

Thats what many scientists, analysts and activists are saying after heavy rains in southern Louisiana have killed at least 10 people and forced tens of thousands from their homes, in the latest in a series of extreme floods in the United States during the last two years.

 

The increase in heavy rainfall and the resultant flooding "is consistent with what we expect to see in the future if you look at climate models," said David Easterling, a director at the National Centers for Environmental Information, which is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "Not just in the U.S. but in many other parts of the world as well."

 

The flooding in Louisiana is the eighth event since May 2015 in which the amount of rainfall matches or exceeds NOAAs predictions for an amount of precipitation that will occur once every 500 years, or has a 0.2 percent chance of occurring in any given year.

 

Louisiana joins five other states, most of them in the South, that have experienced deadly flooding in the last 15  months, including Oklahoma, Texas, South Carolina and West Virginia.

 

In the last three months alone, floods in Maryland, West Virginia and Louisiana have combined to kill dozens of people and damage tens of thousands of homes and vehicles.

 

The National Weather Service reports that parts of Louisiana have received as much as 31 inches of rain in the last week, a number that Easterling called "pretty staggering," and one that exceeds an amount of precipitation his center predicts will occur once every thousand years in the area.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke at a news conference alongside FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, saying "well over" 20,000 people have been rescued since the flooding began Friday.

 

His office later increased that figure to more than 30,000.

 

Beginning Friday, a torrent of about 2 feet of rain inundated the southern part of the state during a 48-hour period, and days later many homes and businesses were still underwater.

 

"This is an unprecedented event here," said Barry Keim, the state climatologist. "There is nothing in the recent past that even comes close."

 

Keim and other forecasters said they had begun tracking the storm system in early August and watched as it moved to the northwest.

 

But the scale of the storm left many people here reeling.

 

"When a tropical wave is coming at you, that doesnt really instill a lot of fear, and the Weather Service knew a heavy rainfall event was likely to happen," Keim said from his office at Louisiana State University, which was partly closed Tuesday. "But I dont think anybody knew just how bad it was going to be."

 

Downstream peril

While some areas were entering recovery mode, the governor warned that new places downstream could see flooding and that officials are still in search-and-rescue mode.

 

"I don't know we have a good handle on the number of people who are missing," he said.

 

Some residents returned to their flood-damaged homes and businesses for the first time Tuesday and found a soggy mess.

 

David Key used a small boat to get to his house in Prairieville and said it had taken on 5 inches of "muddy, nasty bayou water." There were fish and thousands of spiders. Mold has started to set in.

 

The extent of damage was coming into clearer view. About 40,000 people had signed up for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and eight more parishes were added to the federal disaster declaration, bringing the total to 12.

 

In Livingston Parish, one of the hardest-hit areas, with about 138,000 people, an official estimated that 75 percent of the homes were a "total loss."

 

Rivers and creeks were still dangerously bloated south of Baton Rouge as people filled sandbags to protect their houses, bracing for the worst as the water worked its way south.

 

In Ascension Parish, officials said, some small towns have already been inundated.

 

The governor said more than 8,000 people were in shelters, but the number was constantly fluctuating.

 

Rivers reached historic highs - occasionally shattering old records dating to 1983 floods.

 

Far above average

The third National Climate Assessment, released in 2014 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, showed that "the amount of rain falling in very heavy precipitation events" had been significantly above average since 1991.

 

However, the research did not identify the South as one of the areas of greatest concern; the increase was found to be greatest in the Northeast, Midwest and Upper Great Plains regions of the United States.

 

Some climate researchers warned Tuesday it was too early to explain why so much of the country has faced sudden flooding.

 

"Its really hard to attribute things like this without a larger body of evidence," said Keim, the Louisiana state climatologist. "And, of course, the question keeps coming up: How large does that body of evidence have to get?"

 

But others said the situation was quite clear.

 

"This is exactly what scientists have been predicting," said the climate activist Bill McKibben. "The basic physics are simple: Warm air holds more water vapor, something that is turning out to be one of the most important facts of the 21st century."

 

"And while Louisiana was flooding, there were also huge flood events under way in Moscow (biggest rains in 129 years of record-keeping), the Sudan, Manila, and probably plenty of other places," he added.

 

For the last four years, the American Meteorological Society has attempted to explain how climate change has influenced individual extreme weather events. However, that type of analysis is not yet available for the flooding in Louisiana.

 

Rob Moore, a senior policy analyst at the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council who focuses on climate changes effect on water resources, said state and local governments would have to change their approaches to keeping residents safe from flooding.

 

"If you look across all our natural-disaster policies, theyre predicated on the wrong assumption that our flood risk in the future looks identical to our flood risk in the past," Moore said.

 

He said initiatives like the National Flood Insurance Program, which focuses on helping people rebuild in areas that have been flooded, were increasingly "untenable," given sea-level rise.

 

A report released earlier this month by Seattle online real-estate company Zillow predicted that almost 1.9 million homes, worth a combined $882 billion, would be lost to rising sea levels - and the flooding likely to follow - that climate scientists expect to see by the year 2100.

 

"When Zillow starts warning about sea-level rise, it may be time to start worrying about sea-level rise," Moore said.

If it stays flooded, you might have a case.

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