Spring 2010 Flood Risk

Scientific American relays a warning from NOAA. JCWinnie readers will be familiar with such warnings since the editor can recall watching local television coverage of devastating flooding and thinking: “Gee, that’s terrible. Hey, wait a minute, that is where I live. Wholly inflatable dinghys, Batman. That is where I am now!”


AP Photo: Julie Jacobson
“A sign outside the Iowa Welcome Center is partially submerged by flood water on June 15, 2010.

O.K., so I really didn’t think inflatable watercraft until later. That was for comedic relief. And, speaking of relief and the cost of damage due to “historic flooding”, Jane Lubchenco, head of the U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, told reporters yesterday, “We are looking at potentially historic flooding in some parts of the country this spring.” The Red River Valley in Minnesota and Iowa is at risk of floods. Areas in the Southeast could flood, too.

Climate Progress headline: Red River braces for fourth “ten-year flood” in a row! Even Big Boss Barry warned about the flooding that’s going on right now in North Dakota. “I actually think the science around climate change is real. It is potentially devastating.”

Yes, yes, the Big Boss moniker is semi-snarky since the previous senator from Illinois and now president of these United States has to contend with corrupt “representatives” that continue to deny that a rise in global temperatures over the past 50 years is due primarily to human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases. These emissions come mainly from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas), with other contributions from the clearing of forests and agricultural activities. The rise in emissions will have far-reaching consequences, both spatially and temporarily. There is particular irony that denial of this clear and present danger is so prevalent among representatives from states most at risk.

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