Skip to comments.Every 200 years California suffers a storm of biblical proportions — this year’s rains are just...
Posted on 02/21/2017 10:02:22 AM PST by BenLurkin
California has seen worse: massive floods have swept through the state about every 200 years for at least the past 2,000 years, climate scientists Michael Dettinger and Lynn Ingram recount in a 2013 article.
The most recent was a series of storms that lasted for a near-biblical 43 days between 1861 and 1862, creating a vast lake where Californias Central Valley had been. Floodwaters drowned thousands of people, hundreds of thousands of cattle, and forced the states government to move from Sacramento to San Francisco.
More than 150 years have passed since Californias last, great flood and a team of researchers with the US Geological Survey have predicted what kind of damage a similar flood would cause today. Their simulation, called the ARkStorm, anticipates that a stretch of the Central Valley 300 miles long by 200 miles wide would be underwater. Cities up and down the coast of California would flood. Winds would howl 60 to 125 miles per hour, and landslides would make roads impassable.
...And it could happen again any time: its been 150 years since the 18611862 floods, they wrote. So it appears that California may be due for another episode soon.
The good news is that the weather seems to be calming down for now. Over the past 48 hours, two to three inches of rain washed over the Sacramento valley and between five and eight inches fell in the Sierra Nevadas, Eric Kurth, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told The Verge. At least a foot of snow fell at higher mountain elevations, and more is expected. The winds have calmed down today, but yesterday they howled at 199mph through Californias mountain peaks. Thursday should bring a brief dry spell, but more typical, cold winter weather will follow.
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Hillary’s tears are falling all over the state.
So what...200 years ago, there were no dams and 3 people lived in that area....and likely lived on a hill.
We were told to expect very high winds last night gusting to 60 MPH. After hyping that for days, we barely got 20 MPH winds. Friday winds were much worse and not really promoted as anything like what happened. On Friday we lost lots of trees and the wind blew hard (above 30 MPH) much of the day.
Started raining in Reno yesterday, changed to rain/snow mix, back to rain and since about 0500 it’s been snow in my part of town. As usual, the snow plow piled a nice mound at the end of the driveway. Got about 4” of really high moisture content snow and still coming down.
LOL! NEVER build too close to the creek or down hill from a dam. Not too hard to figure out.
I hope for your sake that this is ALL blown out of proportion. My location is on the down river side of a big damn in Western MA. If it went, there is nothing that could be done to prevent the only two hospitals in the area from being washed away.
The state of the spillway there is concerning.
It’d be a bad deal if the big earthquake and the big storm hit at the same time.
>>creating a vast lake where Californias Central Valley had been.
I’d expect that made the mud flats in Death Valley a joy to float/sink a wagon into.
back in the mid 80’s, we had a storm with flooding nobody had seen before..so the MSM called it a once in a lifetime event, hence, a hundred year flood.
The next year, we had a flood that was worse..,
They still didn’t get it.
God is always large and in charge.
Dad lives in west/north Reno and sent snow pics from this morning.
Same thing all over the country.
Years ago, an attorney asked me why farmers always built on a hill. Hated to think he was that stupid....but thought he needed to know that water ran down hill.
Just guessing, but maybe a canal system would/could help.
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