Global Warming? How About Global Wetting

The wet weather records set in March of 2008 have me thinking at least as much about global wetting as about global warming:

  • Record or near record precipitation occurred in a swath from eastern Texas into the Ohio Valley and Interior Northeast. Record flooding occurred in many locations.
  • Dallas had its wettest March since 1977 (8.42 inches) and 2nd wettest in nearly 50 years.
  • St. Louis had its wettest March (6.84 inches) since 1961.
  • Cincinnati had its wettest March (9.81 inches) since 1993 and 3rd wettest since 1961.

[via Planalytics]


  1. Russell Lee says:

    OK folks let me clear-up this global warming stuff. I have been working on wind generator technology for over 20 years and studying weather is a big part. For one thing global warming is grossly miss labeled it should be called atmosphere acceleration. This is what I’ve been calling it for years. Why call it this because basically two things are happening. One we have put several types of gases in the atmosphere that absorbs solar heat this adds fuel to our weather engine. The other is we have put dust particles in the atmosphere and they reflect solar heat. so what is happening? The weather is a complex engine fueled by the chemicals in the atmosphere, the sun, rotation of the earth, and makeup of the earths surfaces. The weather was designed to have checks and balance. When one of these conditions are changed the weather will become increasing unbalanced causing various extreme weather conditions thus the reason we have sever drought one year and extreme rain fall, tornado’s over sized hail, etc.. Uniformly the echo system of this planet is not very tolerable of these conditions and we suffer. These extreme weather conditions will not stabilize until the instability that caused it is reversed. This has touched everyone on this planet even if you live smug in a city the cost of insurance, energy, and every thing you buy has gone up. so It’s everybody’s problem

  2. And yet, North Carolina remains mired in the worst drought of X number of years (it’s been a long while, I just don’t know the right number). Although, it has finally been raining the past few months, so we’re slowly inching our way out of it.

  3. From what I’ve read from the credible mass media/popular science journalism, global warming will result in both wetter and drier areas.
    In any case, global warming or not, the Colorado River basin is going to be drier and drier. And there’s that drought in Georgia. And those are just two prominent US examples covered in recent media. Globally, the problems range from the Jordan River to the water tables in China.

  4. The upcoming story of 2008 is going to be global cooling.
    Good thing (for him) Gore got his Nobel last year.

  5. My advice: short California farms.
    The interior valleys of California are forecast to be one of the worst casualties of the “drying out”. Meanwhile, all that water is apparently moving to my (now nearly underwater) property in the Northeast, which has seen precipitation directly track the rise in global warming headlines.

  6. I twittered PK when he posted this that this these central storms are about water temps, not air temps. Check out these stats that compare average to current readings in the Gulf of Mexico. (Note that the places Paul sites are in the track where Gulf moisture gets sucked up along slowly moving fronts and dumped on the Miss/OH river valleys.) If the water is warmer, more evaporates into the clouds and the more it rains. The warmer, wetter air increases the gradient between the systems generating the front, so the storms are more violent and productive. I heard that swiss:re was all over US EPA for maps the latest maps of impervious surfaces, ie, new parking lots + bigger storms = more run off = more claims.