A ‘Cruel System’ Necessitated

September 18, 2015

solar-flare-tessa-hunt-woodlandAnother bright, sunshine afternoon on California’s north coast, rain now only a quick-memory as temperatures are expected to go warm again, especially in the interior valleys — still, ocean-breeze cool along the shoreline with some location-highs supposedly in the low-70s.

And of California’s “super” saver (via the Washington Post): ‘“El Niño is a cruel system,” Australian climatologist Roger Stone, a University of Southern Queensland professor and a program chair the U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization, told The Washington Post. “They bring relief, but they bring too much rain too quickly. That’s when you get mudslides, landslides, topsoil washed away.”

Global warming exacerbation…

(Illustration: Tessa Hunt-Woodland‘s ‘Solar Flare,’ found here).

This is the climate-change maw — more from the Post:

Poor California.
When it’s not “extraordinarily hostile” fires, as veteran firefighter Kevin Rosado described the Valley Fire north of San Francisco, it’s the “Godzilla” El Niño forecasted in a few months.
For a while, they’ll both be happening at once.
September and October are usually the “largest and most damaging months for fires,” Cal Fire Chief Information Officer Daniel Berlant told Wired.
Meanwhile, stronger than usual storms are starting to arrive.
“You have the leftover intense drought patterns lingering in the system and now here comes the El Niño effect,” Stone said.
“You’ve got both pummeling you at the same time, or it feels that way.”

Although that ‘cruel system‘ is way-needed:

But it can also hurt, and it will likely hurt worse because of the catastrophic effects of four years of drought.
Long stretches without rain change the landscape, stripping away vegetation and clogging dams with sediment.
In Texas this May, where sudden extreme rain brought five years of drought to an abrupt, tragic end, thousands of people were forced to evacuate and dozens killed.
Entire homes were swept away, taking their inhabitants along with them.
“The headlines that you’re writing today about Texas and Oklahoma, you could be writing about California in January,” Patzert told the L.A. Times in May, after the floods.
“There’s something to remember about El Niño — he’s a good boy and he’s a bad boy because he can deliver drought relief that’s much-needed. But all that water coming so fast is like trying to catch water out of a fire hose with a champagne glass.”

“What happens this winter is definitely going to be interesting,” Stanford University climate scientist Daniel Swain told the Times this summer.
“And it’s not entirely clear whether California wins or loses.”

And with the Pacific waters along the equator nearly four degrees above historical average, there’s a weird a-coming…

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