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Deluge follow-up blog, August 13, 2013 ... more to come?

(Frontal system from earlier this year. Weird, indeed. Oh, it also spawned a tsunami.) 

As early as March of this year, I had anticipated in this very blog, that we could very well see tornados this summer. That applies even if this latest blow wasn’t a bona fide twister.

I partially based that on the slew of other sky oddities we’ve been seeing through much of last year and, obviously, through this year, to date.

I also prognosticated twisters by factoring in the shift in our overall weather, as we drift toward a more southerly sky persuasion; by that I mean warmer and more unstable air -- just itchin’ for trouble.

Surprisingly, our localized penchant for odd storms and weird weather is not in the same vein/vane as the much-predicted wilder hurricane syndrome. Those doomsday deluges are powered by a highly computable increase in ocean water surface temperatures. Seeing the science, I fully agree such cyclonic time bombs are real as rain – and ticking.

What will hit a lot closer to home are the likes of intense storm cells, i.e. Tuesday’s zinger. Along with kick-ass storm cells will be screwy weather swings, from nice to nasty in a flash.

Again, such wildness and unpredictableness is common to an unstable and unbalanced atmosphere. In human terms, the sky might be described as being confused over unprecedented changes from a decaying ozone layer. As to how far the wildness might go, the sky’s the limit – and there’s no guessing what it might do when it realizes that. 

We will surely be seeing more bombardments of outlandish weather. It could range from ridiculously mild spells in midwinter to Great Lakes-like snow squalls that drop a foot of snow in a matter of hours. Today’s rain would amount to 30 inches of snow in one hour.

And it’s not just me guessing at all this.

Crunching recent statics, the group Environment America reports, “ An analysis of more than 80 million daily precipitation records from across the contiguous United States reveals that intense rainstorms and snowstorms have already become more frequent and more severe. Extreme downpours are now happening 30 percent more often nationwide than in 1948. In other words, large rain or snowstorms that happened once every 12 months, on average, in the middle of the 20th century now happen every nine months. Moreover, the largest annual storms now produce 10 percent more precipitation, on average.”

At this point, I will apologize for my lifelong attraction to weird weather. Not killer stuff, mind you. I hate that aspect. I simply get all charged up inside when sky things turn wild and woolly. I admit that with a guilt-free conscience since I can promise you, with absolute certainty, that I have no impact whatsoever on how the atmosphere acts. Zero. Ziltch. Nada. In fact, my carbon footprint is down to like a child Size 4

Figure ES-1: Extreme Downpours Have Become More Frequent Across Much of the United States

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