Extreme Atmospheric River Storms Bring Devastation
January 5, 1916 marked the 100 year anniversary of the Hatfield Flood that swept through San Diego, California. An eight-lane freeway flows through Mission Valley now, around office towers, shopping centers, condos and restaurants. The river that runs through Mission Valley in earlier days flowed past Indian villages, the home of Father Serra and his first mission in California and the Presidio which was garrisoned by Spaniards about 200 years ago. But, cloud-bursting torrents of rain in the Cuyamaca and Laguna Mountains filled the San Diego River to overflowing 100 years ago, leaving disaster in its wake.
The 1916 flood may have been caused by the worst rain ever in San Diego but it wasn’t the worst rain in California history. That distinction belongs to an earlier time. “The Great Flood of 1862,” says wiki, “was the largest flood in the recorded history of Oregon, Nevada, and California” (which began at the end of 1861).
We have geologic evidence through flood deposits that even bigger storms than 1861 happened about once every 300 years. We have six events in 1,800 years of geologic record. So we think this event happens, you know, once every hundred, 200 years or so, which puts it in the category as our big San Andreas earthquakes. ~Lucy Jones, USGS
The big one could be coming now – a Great Flood – heading our way. It’s happened before. It will happen again. But, one thing is different this time: if it happens now, the official government scientists of global warming will claim humanity’s CO2 caused it. The bigger problem is that we no longer believe what scientists say. Our government pays Western academia to create models that are worse than any looming natural disaster because without a belief in truth we have nothing.
The scientific failure here isn’t that models are inaccurate – it’s that the models are presented as undebatable apocalyptic predictors, harbingers of certain future catastrophe. Omens that compel us to rethink our lives. If we take issue with that, we’re heretics. (~Tom Hartsfield, Climate Models Botch Another Prediction)