“there are some gully washers coming”

It’s hard to hear about the recent downpour in the Midwest — the flooding that’s displaced about 1000 people from their homes and killed over two dozen — and how it’s being referred to as “the worst wet weather in a century” and not immediately think of the climate change tip sheet released on March 5, 2007 from Indiana University, excerpted below:

March 5, 2007

Persistent wet weather will likely lead to severe flooding in the Midwest and Northeast states as a result of global warming, said Indiana University environmental affairs professor Matthew Auer. “Climate change models suggest more rain and bigger storms,” he said. “During the growing season, a sizable volume of rainwater can exit the system as water is taken up by trees and vaporized out of leaf surfaces. But in the winter, broadleaved trees are leafless. Less water leaving through trees means more water piling up on the ground where we live. Look out — there are some gully washers coming.”

(Of course, maybe it’s just coincidence.)

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

– Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860)


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