Thursday, March 20, 2008

NOAA Warns of Flood Risk From Maine to Texas

Midwest Floods: Taste of Things to Come

There is pain today from Texas to Pennsylvania with thousands of people forced to flee floodwaters in more than 250 towns and cities. And the National Weather Service says this week is a taste of things to come.

The government issued its outlook for the next three months today, and predicted an unusual risk of flooding in a broad arc from the Northeast to the mouth of the Mississippi.


For long periods in Earth's history the area we call the Midwestern USA was a mix of giant swamps and shallow inland seas, a permanently-flooded flatland whose lush, jungle vegetation produced some of the world's largest coal beds and oil fields. This was the age of the dinosaurs: the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. At this time the temperature was about 10 degrees Celsius warmer than today.

Many have wondered what sources of energy we will use here at the end of the era of cheap oil - the changing climate may provide the ironic answer:

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