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Scientists warn California could be struck by winter ‘superstorm’
Yahoo! News ^ | By Liz Goodwin

Posted on 01/18/2011 12:34:12 PM PST by americanophile

A group of more than 100 scientists and experts say in a new report that California faces the risk of a massive "superstorm" that could flood a quarter of the state's homes and cause $300 billion to $400 billion in damage. Researchers point out that the potential scale of destruction in this storm scenario is four or five times the amount of damage that could be wrought by a major earthquake.

It sounds like the plot of an apocalyptic action movie, but scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey warned federal and state emergency officials that California's geological history shows such "superstorms" have happened in the past, and should be added to the long list of natural disasters to worry about in the Golden State.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; catastrophism; disaster; stormwatch; superstorm
Then again it could wash some of the filth out of this state too. Someone post the OMG! icon please.
1 posted on 01/18/2011 12:34:17 PM PST by americanophile
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To: americanophile

Global warming, of course.


2 posted on 01/18/2011 12:35:07 PM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: americanophile
The resurrection of the woolly mammoth could also devastate the state, and cause $500B in damage.

I'm just sayin'

3 posted on 01/18/2011 12:36:41 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: americanophile

And I predict, with the EXACT SAME accuracy as this, that it might not.

My statement is 100% as valid as theirs.


4 posted on 01/18/2011 12:36:59 PM PST by Mr. K ("...but Brondo has what plants crave")
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To: therightliveswithus; SunkenCiv; All

SC, something for the Catastrophism ping list?


5 posted on 01/18/2011 12:37:33 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: ClearCase_guy

“I’m just sayin’”

Lol!


6 posted on 01/18/2011 12:37:43 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: americanophile

It could happen, but not tomorrow. Maybe “The Day After Tomorrow.” (Good special effects, silly green theme; global warming causes global ice age heralded by superstorms.)


7 posted on 01/18/2011 12:40:48 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: americanophile

I think it would be good to avoid property within the 1,000 yr contour.


8 posted on 01/18/2011 12:40:53 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: therightliveswithus

I love this article. Here’s the start to the first sentence in the next-to-last paragraph. “Such a superstorm is hypothetical but not improbable.”


9 posted on 01/18/2011 12:40:55 PM PST by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: americanophile

Is this what has become of “science” in America? Gather together a bunch of people who have studied something, and have them make predicitons?

Another sad indicator of the decline of our civilization.


10 posted on 01/18/2011 12:41:10 PM PST by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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To: americanophile

They really should consult a geologist before making their grand pronouncements. Because if you check the geological record of California, more than anything else you will note that there are periods of adequate rainfall punctuated with between 100-300 year stretches of severe drought.

For them to get excited about the idea of a 1-shot “super storm” should rate right up there doing something to protect themselves from ultra-tsunami waves caused by massive undersea rock slides.

In other words, nothing.


11 posted on 01/18/2011 12:42:25 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: therightliveswithus
Global warming, of course.

Or, Sarah Palin

12 posted on 01/18/2011 12:42:49 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: americanophile

“Dormant” weather? As someone in the comments section of the article put it - “where does 150-year dormant weather hide its junk?”


13 posted on 01/18/2011 12:44:30 PM PST by Right Cal Gal (Ronald Reagan: "our liberal friends....know so much that isn't so...")
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To: americanophile

Gee, poor Al Gore may be hoisted on his own petard in his $9 million California seaside mansion.


14 posted on 01/18/2011 12:45:53 PM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: americanophile

Mr. Al Gore...white courtesy phone please.....


15 posted on 01/18/2011 12:46:37 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: americanophile

California being struck by winter ‘superstorm’ would just give Hollywood writers another idea for a movie plot staring a bunch of c-list or over the hill actors:

1) LL Cool J as a cop trying to save a dog and a 12 year girl trapped on a collapsed bridge

2) two Hooter(Paris Hilton and Megan McCain) girls who are actually trained doctors performing an appendectomy without anesthesia on a homeless man without health insurance

3) ‘undocumented immigrants’—George Lopez and Carlos Mencia rescuing a bunch of Tea Party right wing extremists from a flooded town hall meeting

4) Kathy Griffin playing the Mayor who crack jokes while leading the city through it’s biggest crisis since the Charlton Heston earthquake.

5) George Takei leading a group of homosexuals engineers who create a weather machine that stops the superstorm with rainbows and butterflies


16 posted on 01/18/2011 12:49:15 PM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: americanophile

AWW SOMEBODY CRY ME A RIVER...!


17 posted on 01/18/2011 12:53:07 PM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: americanophile

....scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey warned....
Read no further.


18 posted on 01/18/2011 12:55:46 PM PST by STYRO (Go ahead, make my day.)
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To: americanophile

Article about one of the earlier floods: http://www.skagitriverhistory.com/PDFs/wwjan07.pdf


19 posted on 01/18/2011 12:58:56 PM PST by Spartan79 (Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietam servitutem.)
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To: Spartan79

That’s a lot of rain.


20 posted on 01/18/2011 1:05:17 PM PST by americanophile ("We come to it, at last. The great battle of our time.")
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To: americanophile

Just reading the headline, I immediately wondered if this a serious scientific prediction or just more PC crap.


21 posted on 01/18/2011 1:06:18 PM PST by Spok ("What are you going to believe; me or your own eyes?" -Groucho Marx)
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To: americanophile

California was already hit a massive disaster called Moonbeam, Pelosi, Boxer, Feintein, Newsom, et al. Every other disaster pales.


22 posted on 01/18/2011 1:07:17 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: americanophile

I wonder if these are the same scientists that said we would be having more and more hurricanes because of globull warming?
In other words, whatever.


23 posted on 01/18/2011 1:18:41 PM PST by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: americanophile
Even larger storms happened in past centuries, over the dates 212, 440, 603, 1029, 1418, and 1605, according to geological evidence.

And these were all caused by global warming?

24 posted on 01/18/2011 1:19:35 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: americanophile
Same thing now, only red ink.


25 posted on 01/18/2011 1:39:46 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: americanophile

Scientists warn California could be struck by winter ‘super sandstorm’ on Highway 5


26 posted on 01/18/2011 1:41:20 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: americanophile
Here you go:


27 posted on 01/18/2011 2:29:52 PM PST by wafflehouse (RE-ELECT NO ONE !)
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To: STYRO

Let’s see, I gotta worry about, California Superstorm, Yellowstone caldera, Saint Madras Fault, magnetic pole shift,
rogue planet Niburu, asteroid strike, mass solar ejection “kill shot”, the Mayan calendar ending in 2012, and I just threw away all of my MRE’s that were over 12 years old.

DAMN, talk about poor planning.


28 posted on 01/18/2011 2:32:58 PM PST by Ed Condon (Give 'em a heading, an altitude, and a reason.)
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To: Mr. K
"And I predict, with the EXACT SAME accuracy as this, that it might not."

I disagree.

It's a highly likely scenario and something that's happened in this state many times in the past.

Read up on the winter of 1861-1862.

Calamitous. Over 1/2 of the Central Valley was covered in water...some of it over 20ft deep. Entire towns washed away, to include Sacramento.

Heck, it could happen this spring.

29 posted on 01/18/2011 2:35:47 PM PST by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: americanophile

Good. How can we hasten it?


30 posted on 01/18/2011 2:41:53 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: wafflehouse

There it is!


31 posted on 01/18/2011 2:44:48 PM PST by americanophile ("We come to it, at last. The great battle of our time.")
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To: americanophile

Forty days of rain? Hasn’t that happened before? ;o)


32 posted on 01/18/2011 2:50:20 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: americanophile
Comedian warns California could be struck by meteor.

Comedian warns California could be Mexico next week.

Comedian warns California could be bankrupt by Friday.

Comedian warns California could be overrun by elves.

Comedian has 75% Better Chance of Prediction coming True than "Scientists".


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

33 posted on 01/18/2011 2:56:28 PM PST by The Comedian ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" - B. Goldwater)
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To: gleeaikin; 75thOVI; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ..
Thanks gleeaikin.
 
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34 posted on 01/18/2011 5:29:01 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: The Comedian

These guys love worrying about stuff that might happen in geologic time. We really are bankrupt and we really are driving right off a cliff like Thelma and Louise. But lets worry about the geologic record.


35 posted on 01/18/2011 5:34:15 PM PST by marron
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To: SunkenCiv
This thread has been pulled.
Pulled on 01/17/2011 8:35:52 PM PST by bigheadfred, reason:

Posted this like yesterday and like did I rate a ping list ping?????


36 posted on 01/18/2011 6:15:11 PM PST by bigheadfred (As a rapturous voice escapes I will tremble a prayer and I'll ask for forgiveness...)
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To: americanophile

I have picked up marine fossils, at about 7,000 ft. elevation in the Big Horn mountains, Wyoming and Montana.

Mama nature “uplisted” the area, from sea level about 70 million years ago.

I doubt Obama, Biden, Clinton or AlGore could prevent such an event.


37 posted on 01/18/2011 6:24:19 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: truth_seeker
I doubt Obama, Biden, Clinton or AlGore could prevent such an event.

Prevent it? They want to be the cause of it.

38 posted on 01/18/2011 6:31:36 PM PST by bigheadfred (As a rapturous voice escapes I will tremble a prayer and I'll ask for forgiveness...)
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To: Mariner; Mr. K
Heck, it could happen this spring.

One thing to remember is that just recently (last week) it was noted that 48 out of 50 states had fresh snow covering.

When it all melts, it must go somewhere.

39 posted on 01/19/2011 5:44:49 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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