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El Niño flooding 2016

New Years Flooding 2016 in 34 pictures

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First post of the New Year.

Christmas was very quite.

I fell asleep before midnight on New Years Eve.

Flooding

Pressure_cooker_boxartStory of the moment seems to be the flooding which widespread parts of the world are experiencing.

It’s put down to the weather phenomenon known as ‘el nino’, which translates to ‘little boy’ in English.

I’ve been around for ‘el nino’s’ before. This one seems particularly bad, maybe the worst.

But, having said that, we are turning the planet into a giant pressure cooker, so what do you expect?

Economics

When I was camping in France, it rained for 3 days solid.

I expected there to be floods everywhere. The river on the campsite barely rose 3 inches. Why is this?

Urban run-off chart
Taken from http://water.usgs.gov/edu/watercyclerunoff.html

It’s called ‘run-off’ and the fact that most of the planet is being turned into a giant urban district, in order to make more money, support more people, make the rich richer, and the poor poorer.

The hydrological cycle

I contest climate change and increasingly changeable weather conditions are caused by the unobstructed progress of rainwater, from river to ocean to cloud without ever seeing grass or soil or trees.

Trees slow the flow and break the rain for the vegetation below, which slows it’s flow even further with its foliage. Water dispersed in this way runs off very slowly, contributing to the natural water table.

Water not slowed in this way flows right back into the sea, as fast as it can.

Here are some pictures to back it up.


Taken from IBT

Meteorologists predict a wild, wet winter for much of the world, thanks to this year’s El Niño, which ties with the 1997-1998 season as the strongest recorded. The weather phenomenon happens every few years when the Pacific Ocean warms up around the equator, changing weather worldwide.

This year’s powerful El Niño has already caused severe floods in many South American countries. More than 100,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in areas bordering Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina after floods due to heavy summer rains.

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A church is partially submerged in floodwater in Alberdi, Paraguay, on 5 January 2016 (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)
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A cat sits inside a flooded building in Asuncion, Paraguay, on 28 December 2015 (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)

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A lifebuoy hangs from a window in a flooded house in Asuncion, Paraguay, on 27 December 2015Jorge Adorno/Reuters
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A submerged home is pictured in Asuncion, Paraguay, on 27 December 2015 (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)
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Floodwaters make the figures in a mural reading “Justice” seem as if they are swimming in Asuncion, Paraguay, on 27 December 2015 (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)
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A woman and her son sit next to a makeshift shelter in Asuncion, Paraguay, on 27 December 2015. More than 100,000 people have had to be evacuated from their homes in the border areas of Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina due to severe flooding in the wake of heavy summer rains (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)
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A man travels on a makeshift raft past flooded houses in Asuncion, Paraguay, on 27 December 2015 (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)
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Residents remove their belongings on a boat from their flooded houses near the Paraguay river in Asuncion, on 27 December 2015 (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)
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People travel on a boat past flood-affected houses in Asuncion, Paraguay, on 27 December 2015 (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)
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A flooded football field is seen near the Paraguay river in Asuncion, on 31 December 2015 (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)
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A dog stands on the roof of a house in a flooded neighbourhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, on 30 December 2015 (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)
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Houses are seen partially submerged in floodwaters in Asuncion, Paraguay, on 28 December 2015 (Jorge Adorno/Reuters)
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People try to salvage some of their belongings from the flood in the village of Alberdi, about 130km from Asuncion, Paraguay, on 5 January 2015  (Norberto Duarte/AFP)
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A woman carries her baby through a flooded area of Concordia, Entre Rios province, Argentina, on 29 December 2015 (AFP)
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A flooded amusement park is seen in Concordia, Entre Rios province, Argentina, on 29 December 2015 (AFP)
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An aerial view of a flooded area of Concordia, Entre Rios Province, Argentina, on 2 January 2016 (AFP)
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Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri travels in a helicopter over flooded areas of the city of Concordia on 27 December 2015 (Argentine Presidency/Reuters)
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Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff looks out of a plane during a flight over the areas hit by floods in Uruguaiana, Brazil, on 26 December 2015 (Roberto Stuckert Filho/Brazilian Presidency/Reuters)
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People travel on a boat during floods in Paysandú, 380km northwest of the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, on 26 December 2015 (Milton Cabrera/AFP)

In the US, residents of southern states along the Mississippi River have experienced flooding that also swamped communities from the Ohio River Valley to eastern Oklahoma, causing thousands of evacuations and killing at least 31 people. Flooding in the US Midwest typically occurs in the spring as snowmelt swells rivers.

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An aerial view from a Missouri National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the effects of flooding in Pacific, Missouri, on 30 December 2015 (Missouri National Guard/Reuters)
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Houses in Pacific, Missouri, are surrounded by flood waters on 31 December 2015 (Michael B Thomas/Getty Images)
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A flooded basement is seen in the home of Emma Smith in Pacific, Missouri on 1 January 2016 (Kate Munsch/AFP)
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Highway 141 is seen completely submerged in floodwater from the Meremac River in Arnold, Missouri, on 31 December 2015 (Michael B Thomas/Getty Images)
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A flooded petrol station is seen on Route 141 in Fenton, Missouri, on 30 December 2015 (Michael B Thomas/Getty Images)
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A home is completely submerged in Fenton, Missouri, on 30 December 2015 (Michael B Thomas/Getty Images)

In the Pacific Northwest and California, the effects of El Niño are only just beginning to be be felt, as they’re typically seen in January through March. An El Niño-strengthened storm brought widespread rain to drought-stricken California on Tuesday 5 January, triggering flooding. California is in its fourth year of a drought that has cost the state’s agricultural economy $1.84 billion (£1.3bn), according to the University of California, Davis. The El Niño phenomenon is expected to help ease the drought over the next few months, but experts caution that the state’s woes are far from over.

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A driver climbs out of a window of his car after driving onto a flooded road in Van Nuys, California, on 5 January 2016 (Gene Blevins/Reuters)
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A California Highway Patrol officer gestures at motorists after rocks and debris fell on Malibu Canyon Road following a El-Nino strengthened storm, on 5 January 2016 (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

The consequences of El Niño for Europe are not entirely clear. Some forecasters had predicted Britain would be gripped by a severe cold spell this winter. However, December 2015 broke the record for the mildest on record, with temperatures 4.1C above the long-term average. It was also the wettest month since records began in 1910. A number of storms have battered the UK this season, causing severe flooding in Scotland, Wales and parts of England.

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A family are rescued from their flooded home by a mountain rescue team in York (Darren Staples/Reuters)
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A woman cleans the window of Plonkers wine bar in York, as the floodwaters rise on the street outside (Justin Tallis/AFP)
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Floodwater rises as the River Calder bursts its banks in the Calder Valley town of Mytholmroyd (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Debris is left on the river bank after the river Greta flooded in Keswick (Paul Ellis/AFP)
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A car is submerged in flood waters in the city centre of Carlisle (Andrew Yates/Reuters)
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Rescue workers pull a boat full of residents along a flooded street in Carlisle (Phil Noble/Reuters)
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A man stumbles as he wades through flood water in Carlisle (Phil Noble/Reuters)

During the powerful El Niño of 1998, there were freak weather events worldwide that killed an estimated 23,000 people, but the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) warns that this time round, a combination of the weather phenomenon and global warming may “turn up the heat” in ways never previously experienced.

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