Archive for the ‘Rain’ Category

It hasn’t rain in days…

Okay, in some place’s it hasn’t rained in centuries, this according to the article entitled “It hadn’t rained here in centuries – now it’s raining and everything’s dying” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. Who knew that rain could lead to mass extinction’s due to climate change?



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Rainy days and nights

We’ve had a lot of rain this summer here in this part in the Gateway to the West. If I remember right, we’ve had the most rain we’ve had since they started keeping statistics.Now while as a homeowner my thoughts are always will everything be okay? I have the unfortunate pleasure of having a tree fall on my house (though the house was fine but unfortunately, the tree was not).

That said, when I read this article over at the Environmental News Network, it got me to thinking. The article is entitled “Where does water from rain and snow melt actually go?” courtesy of the University of Utah. So the next time it rains, hopefully I can have the chance to ponder this question.



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Off to the west…

When I went outside tonight, I thought not again. When I read this article over at the New York Times entitled “Vast Stretches of Minnesota Are Flooded as Swollen Rivers Overflow” by Julie Bosman, I thought okay, maybe we’re good.


Anyway, we’re headed up north this summer and so we’ll just have to wait and see. If the kids were here tonight, we’d probably be out catching fire flies.  It’s a great night for that.



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Rain drops keep falling (and falling and falling) on my head

Okay, so there not really falling on my head but it is falling outside right now as I’m sitting here writing. It seems like with every weekend comes more rain which is the complete opposite of when last year we seemed to be in a continual drought but this article by John Upton at the Grist pretty much shows us the pattern in “Flood-Drought-Flood: Is This the New Normal“?

Now that we see a pattern, the question remains, what’ s the cause? For that we turn to this article entitled “Arctic Sea Ice Melt Disrupts Weather Pattern” by Beck Oskin at LiveScience.

Of course it just wouldn’t be right if the answer was right in front of us courtesy of the article “Less Rain in Hawaii” by Andy Soos over at the Environmental News Network. So if we just build a really long pipeline from the midwest to Hawaii, that would take care of it?



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Rain, rain…

So while the Cicadas moved on, the rain has not. Everyday there seems to be another article on the Missouri while just a few weeks ago they were all about the Mississippi. Anyway, here are just a few.

One article that might be worth reading or re-reading would be “Officials in Louisiana Face Dilemma: Bad Flooding or Worse” by Campbell Robertson at the New York Times. He then wrote a follow up article a couple of weeks later entitled “Hopes Rise in South as Waters Do Not”.

The the rain, the articles just keep coming. The first article that sort of foreshadowed the future was “Missouri Flood is Waiting in the Wings” by Tim O’Neil at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Then in a couple of weeks, they started coming almost daily. First we had “As Swollen Missouri Keeps Rising, River Towns Bolster Flood Defenses”, again at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via the Associated Press.

Next came  these two articles, “Rain is Key to Flooding Here” again by Tim O’Neil at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch followed by “Rising Missouri River Breaches more Levees” at the Seattle-Times (among others) and again via the Associated Press by Heather Hollingsworth”

The latest floods are now in North Dakota with one of yesterday’s headlines being “In North Dakota City, River’s Threat Renewed” by A.G. Sulzberger at the New York Times.

What is even scarier is the discussion brought up in the article “Runaway Rivers” over at the Mother Nature Network regarding California.

Finally, in case we thought the only ones affected by the floods were humans, we have “Antelope Stranded by Mont. Floodwaters” by Dan Vergano at USA Today.


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