Is a California Superstorm on the way? Earthquakes and foreclosures aren't the only threats to the Golden State--despite the fact that Southern California is a desert, there's a risk of a superstorm. The January 15th edition of the New York Times, Felicity Barringer describes a storm "that could tear at the coasts, inundate the Central Valley and cause four to five times as much economic damage as a large quake."
Looking at the state's geological history, researchers say it's happened before. Some of them think that a superstorm carrying tropical moisture from the South Pacific could drop up to 10 feet of rain on the state. It's all part of climate change, which doesn't just lead to global warming--it leads to extreme oscillations of temperature, with alternating extreme heat and extreme cold, drought and floods, which can transform our weather completely. Barringer quotes geologist Lucy Jones as saying, "Floods are as much a part of our lives in California as earthquakes are. We are probably not going to be able to handle the biggest ones." Don't say we didn't WARN you!
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