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Record Rainfall Does Nothing To Quash Fears Of ‘No Winter’

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Michael Bastasch Energy Editor

California may still be in the midst of a major drought, but the remnants of a hurricane brought record levels of rain to Los Angeles for September. The deluge of rain comes as environmentalists worry about the end of winter due to manmade global warming.

The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang reports it’s “the heaviest rain event in the city this year by a large margin and the heaviest September rain event in more than 30 years.” The City of Angels saw about 1.69 inches by 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, beating out the previous wettest day in January.

Interestingly enough, the rain comes as environmentalists fret that California’s multi-year drought is a harbinger of what the future holds — a future with no winters.

“California hasn’t been this dry in 500 years. If we don’t act, there’ll be no winter to protect,” Harvard history professor and environmental activist Naomi Oreskes tweeted out, citing research from the University of Arizona claiming California’s drought is the worst in 500 years.

The research paper found the California’s Central Valley snowpack is the lowest it’s been since the 1500s. Such findings have only bolstered claims from environmentalists that the Earth is undergoing catastrophic global warming due to human activities.

“The results were astonishing,” Valerie Trouet, a University of Arizona professor and a senior author of the study, told the Washington Post. “We knew it was an all-time low over a historical period, but to see this as a low for the last 500 years, we didn’t expect that. There’s very little doubt about it.”

California’s drought has also galvanized state lawmakers to pass more a aggressive green energy mandate and continue to put restrictions on water use by households and businesses.

Despite claims of perpetual drought in California, the southern part of the state is expected to see much more precipitation in the coming months due to a strong El Nino warming event, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

“The summer rains may offer a preview of the coming wet season which has a good chance to produce substantial precipitation in Southern California due to the strong El Nino event underway,” according to the Gang. “In fact, El Nino could be said to have an assist in today’s rainfall as it tends to elevate hurricane activity in the eastern tropical Pacific.”

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