Science and Technology : Manufactured Clouding, Stationary Storms, and Floods

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    Record flooding swamps Texas, Louisiana, Miss.
    March 14, 2016

    Rivers continued to rise to record levels in parts of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday, flooding thousands of homes.

    Flood warnings were in effect across the region as many rivers remained dangerously high. Emergency officials said more than 4,958 homes in Louisiana were damaged by flooding, according to the Associated Press.

    The flooding is the result of a slow-moving storm that dumped up to two feet of rain on the region last week. Though the storm is gone, a massive amount of water is still moving through swollen streams and rivers on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.​

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    Louisiana Flood of 2016 resulted from '1,000-year' rain in 2 days
    August 15, 2016

    The Louisiana Flood of 2016 was triggered by a complicated, slow-moving low-pressure weather system that dumped as much as two feet of rain on parts of East Baton Rouge,Livingston and St. Helena parishes in 48 hours. The record two-day rainfall in those areas had a 0.1 percent chance of occurring in any year, the equivalent of a "1,000-year rain", according to the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center, based at the Slidell office of the National Weather Service.

    In the two-day period ending Saturday at 7 a.m., several parishes saw rainfall amounts equaling a 1 percent chance of occurring in any year, a so-called 100-year event. They included including parts of Tangipahoa, East Feliciana, Washington, Ascension,Lafayette, Iberville and St. Martin. ​

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    In Louisiana flooding, river levels broke records -- and gauges
    August 18, 2016

    August flooding across south Louisiana was so deep and brisk that it broke records at six U.S. Geological Survey stream gauges. It also broke 14 of the stream gauges, which were overcome by water or damaged by debris in fast-moving rivers, the agency said Thursday (Aug. 18).

    The agency had 33 gauges registering rainfall and stream depth in the 20 parishes affected by the Louisiana Flood of 2016. Six of the gauges registered record depths, with four of those at gauges in operation more than 30 years, and two gauges measured streams rising 30 feet in two to three days, officials said.

    Here are three of the record levels...​

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    Coupled with engineering flaws in capturing overflows of precipitation, the lack of re-engineering a design that can reduce these floods makes me wonder how city and state government managers do not get replaced after reoccurring instances.

    Reduce potential cloud seeding (unintentional or not) from cooling towers
    Create irrigation-like channels that can divert or pump overflows into a reserve system, which can be later filtered and released back into accommodating water bodies.

    Otherwise, what's to point of this "rinse and repeat"?

    Major flooding twice in less than 6 months?

    Is it time to boycott energy companies and protest against city/state managers that do not support R&D for alternative solutions?
     
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    I totally agree.

    I'm not an engineer but I was thinking as I watched the video, instead of allowing the vapor to rise why not divert it into some sort of channel that captures it, filters it and create a reserve of some type to flow naturally into lakes, canals or reservoir and used for other purposes?

    California and other desert-like states struggle each year for lack of enough water. Cali purchases most of it's water from other states. They create massive pipelines for oil, why not for water and give/sell excess water to states that need it? Gov. Snyder, R-Mich wanted tax payers to approve a bill allowing him to sell water from Lake Superior (the largest of the 5 Great Lakes) to western states that suffer from drought. It was voted down. A good alternative would be a system that improves the release of vapors from these plants and converts it into drinkable water.

    Is this possible engineering-wise?
     
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    Green Party candidate Jill Stein calls for climate state of emergency
    Presidential hopeful points to California wildfires and Louisiana flooding in push for Green New Deal to address both environment and economy


    Dr Jill Stein called for a national state of emergency to be declared over the rapidly worsening effects of global warming, during a campaign swing through New York.

    Promoting her party’s Green New Deal – an agenda designed to address the interconnected problems of climate change and the economy – Stein said the still uncontained Blue Cut fire in California and the record flooding in Louisiana were ample evidence of the worsening effects of climate change.

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    Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

    Sorry to ruin your appetite, but it's time to talk about cow belches.

    Humans the world over are eating meat and drinking milk — some of us a little less, some of us a lot more, than years past. Farmers are bringing more and more cows into the world to meet demand, and with them escapes more methane into the atmosphere.

    In 2011, methane from livestock accounted for 39 percent of all the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, according to a report that United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization released Friday. That's more than synthetic fertilizer or deforestation. Methane from livestock rose 11 percent between 2001 and 2011.

    The bulk of the emissions — 55 percent — came from beef cattle. Dairy cows, buffalo, sheep and goats accounted for the rest.

    Lesson? Eat less red meat and more chicken and fish because they don't fart and belch and won't blow up the planet. :gas:
     
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