“Right now we are on pace to have the wettest water year on record,” said forecaster Mike Kochasic with the National Weather Service in Sacramento, referencing conditions in Northern California. “The wettest was 1982-1983, and we’re on pace or even slightly better than that at this point in the water year. We still have a long way to go, though.”
Central California is on track to be the second wettest water year on record, and Southern California is expected to tie the wettest year, which was the year of ’68-’69.
But then, the UN and NASA also predicted long-term drought in the midwest, and it started raining. A lot.
In 1988 both NASA and the United Nations were certain that ‘ruinous drought in the American Midwest’ was “the first scientifically documented change brought about by the Greenhouse Effect.” This scientifically documented effect would cause the interior of the American content to be drier. From wheatlands to grasslands with the corn-belt becoming semi-arid.
The next decade was one of the wettest of the century.
I think New Hampshire should take note. While 2016 by itself was well below average for precipitation, we have been on a long stretch of record-setting average annual rainfall. Does that mean we are due for a dry spell? Or will we bounce right back as we have in more recent years?
I can’t answer that, but I can suggest that we not do anything too dramatic like giving government (state or federal) control over water or rainfall or runoff, or any of that nonsense. Whatever is happening now is temporary. Don’t ruin it by doing something with the government that ends up being much more permanent.