Since late December 2022, Californians have been exposed to historic levels of rain and snow, which have flooded roads and homes, forced evacuations, and left millions without power.
Almost the entire state received 400% to 600% of its typical average rainfall since Christmas. Nine atmospheric river storms, which are air corridors that can carry massive amounts of water thousands of miles, have caused cascading effects such as landslides, sinkholes, and downed trees, causing damage to roads and homes.
The state has gone from one extreme to the other, from extreme drought and depleted reservoirs to excessive rain all at once. What caused this abrupt change from drought to deluge? And why are all of these events happening now? Is North America on the verge of experiencing its worst natural disaster in decades? Stay with us until the end to find out the answers to all of these questions, because something terrifying is taking place in North America.
Floods can surge all year round, in every region of the world. However, determining whether or not a particular flood is related to climate change is not an easy task, according to the experts. This endeavor is made more challenging by the scarcity of historical records, particularly for the most severe floods, which occur infrequently.
It can be tempting to blame all floods and other extreme events on global warming. However, weather is not the same as climate, even though weather can be affected by climate. For example, scientists are confident that climate change makes unusually hot days more common.
They’re not as sure that climate change is making tornadoes more severe. Flooding, like other natural disasters, is complicated by a number of competing factors that can influence its frequency and intensity in opposing ways. Climate change, which is aggravating extreme rainfall in many storms, is becoming an increasingly important factor.