Thursday, March 10, 2016
Quite rainy day…most of Jefferson County seems to be nearing (or over) the one inch mark now (5:45 P.M.) with more due until about Midnight. After that, weak cool front drops across the area and pushes the rain eastward for tomorrow. But the upper air system looks like it’ll reload tomorrow and return the on-and-off showers for Saturday through Monday.
Next week figures to remain mild, but it should’t be nearly as wet.
The current El Nino is beginning to wind down, but should not drop to “normal” status until this summer. But, historically, a strong El Nino brings a La Nina in its wake. So, beginning later this year, our Earth is likely to see below normal temperatures setting in and lasting for a year or two. According to satellite data, February was Earth’s warmest month (during the satellite era). The previous record was set during another strong El Nino year – 1998.
El Nino precipitation
El Nino weather patterns are known to bring above normal precipitation totals to the southwestern U.S. Drought-stricken California was greatly anticipating plenty of rain and snow this winter. Until last weekend the winter rainy season hadn’t lived up to expectations. Now, after last weekend’s heavy rains put a lot of water into the state’s reservoirs, there is hope that many of the recent water restrictions may be eased this year.
Even better news is that at least two more significant storms appear headed toward the Golden State over the next week to 10 days. If they both make it, California’s water situation will look better than it has for many years!
Saw a headline recently, “Researchers now say that man’s influence on climate may date back to the 1930’s. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$…yes, that’s your hard-earned money (tax dollars) being wasted on insanity. The headline gave me a good laugh, but in the larger picture, it should have made me cry. It’s sad, really, about all the money being wasted over the “climate change” agenda.
The “problem”, if you want to call it that, is nothing new. Ever since humans learned to cultivate crops and to live in communities, we have been inadvertently altering our climate. As our population has grown to over seven billion, the change we bring to our Earth has been expanding. Carbon dioxide is just a drop in the bucket compared to the overall picture. As climate has changed in the past, humans have acclimated, or adapted, to the new circumstances. In spite of the “stories” we’re being told by many so-called leaders, Earth’s climate is NOT broken, so it can’t be FIXED. It just changes, and so must we.