Friday, May 29, 2015
Extreme Weather Events1 - 'Weather Whiplash' - Texas floods May2015
They call it ‘weather whiplash’- a year of historic floods, fires, tornadoes, snow and ice where weather shifts from one wild extreme to another.
In Wichita Falls, Texas it felt like the drought ended overnight. In just 3 weeks, much of the state had gone from extreme drought to crippling floods. Lakes are fuller than they have been in five years. Scientists say climate change is exacerbating the wild swings.
‘The swings are getting wilder’, says Katherine Hayhoe, Texas Tech Climate Change Researcher ‘Climate change is stretching out our variability’. In the last 30 days, 2.6 trillion gallons of water have filled Texas reservoirs, enough water to serve California for one and a half years.