Reminds me of the Little Ice Age floods that wiped out the bridge in Avignon.
Floodwaters along the rain-engorged Seine River are threatening towns downstream from Paris, said an article today from the AP.
The national weather service said that “January has seen nearly double normal rainfall nationwide, and that the rains in the past two months are the highest measured for the period in 50 years.
The article then went on to warn (of course) that France’s heaviest rains in 50 years have “raised concerns about climate change.”
Those floods raise my concerns, too. But not because of so-called “climate change.” Instead, they remind me of the Little Ice Age floods that wiped out the bridge in Avignon.
I visited the Pont d’Avignon a couple of years ago. Also known as the Pont Saint-Bénézet, the Pont d’Avignon is a famous medieval bridge in the town of Avignon, in southern France.
The bridge, built between 1177 and 1185, spanned the Rhône River between Avignon and Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. It boasted an original length of some 900 meters (980 yards) (More than half-a-mile.)
Unfortunately, Little-Ice-Age floods destroyed it.
According to a placard at the bridge, “In the 15th century, climate change occurred. (Yep, the placard actually used those words, ‘climate change.’)
“Europe entered the little ice age,” the words on the placard continued, “which significantly changed the hydrological conditions of the Rhône catchment area…”
Then, beginning in the early 1600s the arches were “regularly swept away” by flooding.
Finally a catastrophic flood in 1669 swept away much of the structure, says Wikipedia. Only four of the initial 22 arches remain, and the bridge has not been used after the 17th century.
The AP may wring its hands over man-made “climate change,” but with the lowest sunspot count in more than a hundred years, I’m much more worried about what Mother Nature may have in store for us.
Instead, this raises my concerns that we could be headed into another little ice age.