Wettest in year recorded history for U.S. Lower 48 states

This little tidbit of information comes from the very last sentence in an article about the heavy rain in Houston. I don’t know if the journalist was trying to downplay it or not.

Now, I don’t mean to make light of the Houston story, but I think it’s extremely important that people realize how wet it has been around the entire country. This is the sort of thing that happened during the Little Ice Age. It lead to crop failures, famine, and literally millions of deaths.

“The excessive rains in many parts of the U.S. this week come just as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released data showing the last 12 months have been the wettest in recorded history for the Lower 48 states.”

“This is probably the most hellacious rain I’ve ever heard in my life,” tweeted Matt Lanza, meteorologist for the Houston weather website SpaceCityWeather.com.

The storms left “nearly 90,000 residents without power and dozens reportedly trapped for a time in floodwater on Interstate 10,” The Washington Post’s Timothy Bella reported.

This was Houston’s second stormy night of the week. “As much as six to ten inches (15 to 28 cm) of rain fell Tuesday in the region.”

“Flooding this week has affected not only southeast Texas but also parts of the southern Plains, the South, and Great Lakes.”

Parts of Houston also reported hail the size of tennis balls, in some cases the size of grapefruit. (Imagine what that would do to your car.)


14 thoughts on “Wettest in year recorded history for U.S. Lower 48 states”

  1. Not according to Weather Underground. In fact this is just more we can lay at the feet of those darned “Greenhouse Gasses”.
    “As human-produced greenhouse gases boost temperatures over the long haul, both globally and nationally, the most intense precipitation episodes are getting even heavier, while the intense droughts that do occur in places like California are increasingly “hot” droughts, where the heat pulls moisture from vegetation and the landscape more effectively. We may see similar tendencies toward hot droughts in other parts of the U.S. as the climate continues to warm. The upshot is that drought impacts can intensify in a warming world even in places where the long-term precipitation average, across both wet and dry periods, is unchanged or even rising slightly.”

    As usual, no sources, just babble and conjecture from Bob Hensen. Here is his WU bio:

    WU meteorologist Bob Henson, co-editor of Category 6, is the author of “Meteorology Today” and “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change.” Before joining WU, he was a longtime writer and editor at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO.

    What a shock, he authored a book on climate change…

    • I am curious to know what the weather was like in the Southeast United States before the start of the last little ice age. Everywhere else but here has had colder than average temps. There have only been a handfull of cold spells in Georgia since last fall,otherwise it’s been warm! We had only brief sleet and snow that was back in February and March! Nevertheless it’s been a holdout anomaly in the south! Weather has only been briefly colder than average.

      • Add the UK to your warm niches. We had a very hot summer followed by mild autumn and winter and SE England is once again having below average rainfall.

        We do as ever have above-average levels of climate change scaremongering and recently had calls for theatre shows and TV programme to have more climate content. Goebbels really taught the British State well….

  2. It’s also proof of a finding made by Swiss researchers who looked at the historical effects of Grand Solar Minimums and in particular the LALIA and the following three massive worldwide volcanic eruptions which coincided or followed the GSM. Gravity perturbation has a massive effect on our tectonic plate structures
    Their primary findings were:
    It take ten years from the start of the GSM for the climate effects to be locked into the fossil records of NH fresh water shellfish records. This applies to both N America and Europe from other recent research.
    The climate has an abrupt change over that 10 years period from the benign warm weather of a Solar Warm Period, to cold, wet and very windy weather of a Grand Solar minimum.
    The other fact about GSM is, yes, the spot counts including fragment spots decrease to a blank disc, as does the level of UV and EUV by a factor of 16% or more.
    The other key change in the Solar Atmosphere during the Minimum Period of 6 years between cycles, and for most of the cycle during a Grand Solar Minimum, is the increase in very large long-lasting Coronial Holes facing the Earth. They have significant effects on the earth Atmosphere called Sudden Atmospheric Warming, which can lead to blocking High-pressure systems which we in North Western Europe have seen for much of the last 9 months, was Azores High has ridged up pluses of warm dense air of Europe to the beat of the rotating large Solar Coronial Hole every 28 days.

  3. cars n roofs can be sorted – animals caught in it are hurt badly or killed;-(
    and crop damage to home or commercial growers would be nasty

  4. On the record, global continental glaciations vanished c. 14,400 YBP (BC 12,400); from late Pliocene times some 3.6-million YBP, cyclically recurrent, plate-tectonic induced Ice Ages have lasted an average 102 kiloyears, interspersed with median 12,250-year interstadials such as the latest Hollocene Interglacial Epoch (skewed 1,500 years by the cometary-meteoritic Younger Dryas “cold shock” of 11,950 – 10,450 YBP).

    On this basis, converting to the Roman calendar, the Holocene ended 12,250 + 3,500 – 14,400 = AD 1350, coincident with Kamchatka’s strato-volcano Kambalny Eruption which precipitated a 500-year Little Ice Age (LIA) ending in AD 1850/1890 with a 140-year “amplitude compression” rebound of alternating fifty-forty-thirty-twenty year warm-cold periods due for completion c. AD 2030.

    As Earth enters a 70+ year “dead sun” Grand Solar Minimum similar to that of 1645 – 1715, when wolves froze to death in Rhineland forests and Louis XIV’s goblet iced over in his Palace of Versailles, death-eating Luddite sociopaths’ willful sabotage of global coal, oil, nuclear energy economies is a criminally democidal ploy worthy of 20th Century communo-fascist movements at their very worst.

  5. If you look at the temperature maps for central and eastern North America over the past few months, the “plunge” of cold from north to south looks eerily similar to the maps of the last glaciation. Where I live–in southern Ontario, Canada–we have experienced the most horrid, cold, wet Spring that I can remember since the 1950’s. Not a wheel has turned in our farm fields.

    Yet in the media and among most politicians, all we hear is a constant nattering about global warming.

  6. Quite right of you to point this out Robert. Clearly the agriculture industry has to adapt to the new climate regime before it becomes a much more serious problem.

  7. 3 times more homes flooded along Ontario’s Rivers and lakes than 30 years ago!
    Oh but wait they built 3 times more homes along Ontario’s rivers and lakes!

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