Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Detroit flooding one year later

It's been one year since the historic downpour and flooding that I described first in This was my drive home tonight and again in Detroit's flooding made national headlines, and finally in A billion dollar trash day.  It fit a pattern that's emerged since I began keeping this blog.
[C]limate change...[is] expressing itself as increased precipitation, including 2013 being the wettest year in Michigan history, 2013-2014 being the snowiest year in Detroit's history, or 2011 being the rainiest year in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Toledo.
In addition, this month's flood resulted from the second highest single-day rainfall in Detroit history.  Welcome to four precipitation records in four years.
Since then, another precipitation record has been set, as I mentioned in Snowfall of the century for Detroit on Groundhog Day.
The third-biggest snowstorm in metro Detroit's recorded history has plows humming among tall snow piles on roadways across southeastern Michigan this morning.
With 16.7 inches of snow since the storm arrived early Sunday, it's the most to fall since Dec. 1 and 2 in 1974, when 19.3 inches fell, as recorded at Detroit Metro Airport. The snowiest was April 6, 1886, when 24.5 inches were reported...
Add the snowiest month in Detroit history and that's now six precipitation records in four years.  As I wrote in the first entry I wrote about the storm, welcome to weather weirding in the 400 ppm world.

Enough of my looking back.  WXYZ has its own retrospective in One year anniversary of historic flooding.

We're looking back at what happened since historic flooding hammered our area one year ago.
We're still recovering one year later and will be repairing the damage for another year.  That's impressive and not in a good way.

Stay tuned for more on Donald Trump visiting Michigan and the 2015 Dream Cruise.

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