Study: California to get “climate whiplash” between drought and floods

OK, take a deep breath these floods have happened before, long before the myth of anthropogenic global warming. According to The West Without Water by B.Lynn Ingram and Frances Malamud-Roam. According to the authors, there is evidence of similar and larger floods that have occurred every one to two centuries over the past two millennia. So, these floods are not caused by anthropogenic global warming; they are an alarming regular cycle over the past several millennia.

The cycle of flood and drought can be found here:

Watts Up With That?

Biblical 40 days and 40 nights rain events forecast to increase.

From the “models are always accurate in climateland for the next 80 years” department comes this claim of “weather, er, climate whiplash”.

According to the study published today, California will zigzag between droughts and floods which will become more intense and more frequent in the coming decades unless global emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases are checked. Study authors point to the fact that California has already experienced a rapid rise in such “whiplash” events – going from a record multi-year drought between 2012 and 2016, to heavy flooding in the winter of 2016-17. Apparently, that’s a sure sign of “whiplash”.

According to the authors, the situation will worsen as the global climate alters due to mankind’s voracious burning of coal, oil, and gas for energy. Gosh.

Their models project that wet-to-dry extremes in California could double under a worst-case…

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Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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