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  •  it's a non-sequitur (1+ / 0-)
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    We are not in a situation where heavy rain followed drought. We are in the opposite situation.

    Last year the Mississippi had record high flow. This year it's record low flow.

    From one extreme to the other in 18 months. We are certainly visiting the extremes these days, yes?

    Of course I understand the point, but it's not relevant, and I wonder why the poster felt compelled to add it.

    People do that kind of thing when they want to change the subject.

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    by mightymouse on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 09:44:54 AM PST

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    •  He was making a general comment (2+ / 0-)
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      which may or may not have been applicable to the flood last year (someone better versed in hydrology would have to comment on that point).

      The point is that rather counterintuitively, frequent flooding is a feature of a drier climate. Since climate change deniers are likely to point to floods as evidence that the climate is not actually getting drier, I think it is important to point out that there is no contradication there.

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      by Drobin on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 09:57:19 AM PST

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      •  drought and flood can both happen (0+ / 0-)

        Not sure who is expecting less flooding in the warming climate - that has a strawmannish feel.

        We get more heavy rain now. Naturally we get more flooding.

        Also, with warmer air and more blocking patterns, we can get more drought.

        The two extremes can co-exist w/o casting doubt on global warming.

        An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

        by mightymouse on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 10:24:29 AM PST

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