The City That Plans to be Flooded

By: Douglas Hill , 2:22 PM GMT on December 02, 2011

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A guest post by Douglas Hill, a consulting engineer and an adjunct lecturer at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University in New York.

Hurricane Irene, remember? Irene, diminished to a mere tropical storm when it struck New York City, came and went, soon disappearing from the news. But think back to August 26 when Irene, a Category 3 hurricane with winds of more than 110 miles per hour, was approaching the North Carolina coast and headed directly for New York City. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg called a news conference to order 370,000 people to evacuate their homes. Then he stepped aside, and MTA chairman Jay Walder stepped to the microphone and announced that public transportation--buses as well as trains--was being shut down.


Figure 1. GOES-East visible satellite image of Irene taken at 7:45 am EDT on Sunday, August 28, 2011. At the time, Irene was a tropical storm with 65 mph winds, making landfall on Long Island, New York. Image credit: NOAA Environmental Visualization laboratory.

Evacuation without transportation: a novel concept that the mayor described as "preparing for the worst and hoping for the best." Fortunately, hoping for the best worked.

Unfortunately, the City is still hoping for the best, and it is not preparing for the worst. The coastal storm plan of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) includes strategies for storm tracking, public information, evacuation procedures, people with special needs, recovery, and restoration, but nothing to prevent flooding.

In other words, New York City is planning to be flooded--and according to the National Hurricane Center, it will be. Based on the historical record, hurricanes of Categories 1, 2 and 3 will strike the New York region on an average of every 17, 39 and 68 years, respectively. The City has been overdue for a Category 1 hurricane--Irene should have been no surprise--and we may expect hurricanes of Categories 2 and 3 within the next decade or two. In testimony to a U.S. Senate committee, Max Mayfield, the former director of the National Hurricane Center, said, "It is not a question of if a major hurricane will strike the New York area, but when" (his emphasis.)

The greatest potential for loss of life from a hurricane has historically been from the storm surge. If the eye of a Category 3 hurricane crossed the New Jersey shore, the surge could reach 24 feet--compared with 4.5 feet in Hurricane Irene's--flooding the World Trade Center site and Wall Street, with City Hall resting on a separate island south of the rest of Manhattan. The ripples from a crippled financial district in lower Manhattan would be felt worldwide. In a severe hurricane, the OEM has estimated that up to three million people would have to evacuate, if that can be imagined.



Figure 2. The height above ground that a mid-strength Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds would push a storm surge into New York City in a worst-case scenario. The image was generated using the primary computer model used by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) to forecast storm surge--the Sea, Lake, and Overland Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model. The accuracy of the SLOSH model is advertised as plus or minus 20%. This "Maximum Water Depth" image shows the water depth at each grid cell of the SLOSH domain. Thus, if you are inland at an elevation of ten feet above mean sea level, and the combined storm surge and tide (the "storm tide") is fifteen feet at your location, the water depth image will show five feet of inundation. This Maximum of the "Maximum Envelope of Waters" (MOM) image was generated for high tide and is a composite of the maximum storm surge found for dozens of individual runs of different Category 2 storms with different tracks. Thus, no single storm will be able to cause the level of flooding depicted in this SLOSH storm surge image. Consult wunderground's Storm Surge Inundation Maps page for more storm surge images of the U.S. coast.

Other major ports have taken measures to prevent being flooded. After the 1938 hurricane, storm surge barriers were built in New England to protect New Bedford, Providence and Stamford. After a disastrous storm in the North Sea in 1953, the Thames Barrier was built to protect London, and the Delta Plan was started in the Netherlands which includes three such barriers, one protecting Rotterdam, Europe's busiest port. Following Hurricane Katrina, a long-disputed barrier was constructed at the entrance to Lake Pontchartrain along with several others, which are now considered to make New Orleans hurricane-proof to Category 3 storms. Barriers are being completed to protect St. Petersburg, Russia, and Venice, Italy.

The heart of New York City could be protected in the same way. Moveable barriers, closed only when the city is threatened with major coastal flooding, could be placed at the upper end of the East River, across the Narrows and at the mouth of the Arthur Kill. Possibly, the latter two could be replaced with a single, longer barrier extending from Sandy Hook to the Rockaway peninsula. Modeling studies have demonstrated that the barriers would work. Four major engineering firms have presented conceptual designs and cost estimates for barriers at these locations. The estimated costs for these individual barriers range from $1 billion to $4.6 billion, with the total of the two or three needed less than $10 billion, comparable to other major infrastructure projects planned or underway.


Figure 3. Proposed hurricane storm surge barrier for New York City near the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Image credit: Arcadis, Inc.

But unlike the original, the 2010 revision of plaNYC, the City's principal planning document, makes no reference to storm surge barriers. The City's latest plans are seen in the March 2011 Vision 2020: NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, which calls not for protecting the waterfront, but for climate "resilience," the ability to withstand and recover from the disaster. Unfortunately, this may be the best that can be done for those living in the coastal sections of the boroughs that face the Atlantic Ocean.

So the Great Evacuation of August 2011 is a test. In its postmortem on the storm on September 5, the New York Times concluded that "by almost any measure, the evacuation was a success," but it did not report on the principal measure. How many people were left behind? Unlike New Orleans after Katrina, we won't know by counting the bodies. Not this time, anyway.

Douglas Hill, EngScD, P.E., Stony Brook University

Other posts in this series
Storm surge barriers: the New England Experience
Hurricane Irene: New York City's close call

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Quoting JupiterKen:
As of December 4 the US will pass 2,232 days without a hurricane making landfall in the US (Irene was a tropical storm when it hit this fall). This is the longest such period since 1900.



Uhh.. what? Irene made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, causing significant surge and flooding damages.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Think we're getting a little overly dramatic there...
Not really, a storm that strong in November is a once in a life time storm for the East Pac.
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Quoting JupiterKen:
As of December 4 the US will pass 2,232 days without a hurricane making landfall in the US (Irene was a tropical storm when it hit this fall). This is the longest such period since 1900.

What are you talking about? Irene made landfall here in North Carolina with winds of 85 mph.
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Quoting JupiterKen:
As of December 4 the US will pass 2,232 days without a hurricane making landfall in the US (Irene was a tropical storm when it hit this fall). This is the longest such period since 1900.

Irene was a hurricane when it hit North Carolina.
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Quoting yqt1001:
Incredible...
Link

Kenneth is definitely a once in a lifetime storm.

Think we're getting a little overly dramatic there...
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As of December 4 the US will pass 2,232 days without a hurricane making landfall in the US (Irene was a tropical storm when it hit this fall). This is the longest such period since 1900.
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Hey all, i gots a new blog out concerning my website. if you choose to visit it, dont laugh i am not a computer person lol. Anybody that would like to be a member of it, or help me with it mail me:D
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255. Skyepony (Mod)
Malaysia~ A freak thunderstorm and strong winds referred to as a “mini-hurricane” by many, tore through the capital and parts of Selangor, wreaking havoc, uprooting trees and damaging properties. The hardest hit areas in the 5pm storm were Kepong, Bandar Menjalara and Hartamas. Road users on the MRR2 highway near Kepong turned to Twitter to report that the rain was so ferocious that many motorists stopped their vehicles on the roadside to wait it out. A spokesman from the Fire and Rescue Department said while there was very heavy rain, it was the ferocity of the wind which caused more damage as trees were uprooted, branches snapped, billboards and signboards fell, and roof tiles and ten ts for functions were blown off. “There were also reports of cars crushed by fallen trees and branches but fortunately, there was no loss of life or injury. “We had earlier been warned by the Meteorological Department of the possibility of storms in the Klang Valley and had been prepared for this,” he said. Officials from the Fire and Rescue Department and City Hall rushed to clear the debris and remove trees blocking the roads to get the traffic moving. Massive traffic jams up to 9pm were reported all over the capital and highway entry points into the city as motorists were forced to slow down because of fallen trees, debris and minor accidents.
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Incredible...
Link

Kenneth is definitely a once in a lifetime storm.
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PHEW!!! im stuffed
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In other non-weather news, some very good NFL games were played today!!
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Quoting bappit:
A look at the global drought picture.

Wow...Not good news for a great many people.
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A look at the global drought picture.

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249. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)


*Position for 98S is from the last tropical cyclone advisory from "Madagascar Meteo" website.

*Position for 99S is from the Satellite Services and Division website
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX


Excerpt:

ALTHOUGH IT HAS BEEN DRY SINCE THE END OF 2008...THE DROUGHT INTENSIFIED SIGNIFICANTLY TOWARD THE END OF SEPTEMBER 2010. THE SPRING...SUMMER AND FIRST HALF OF FALL 2010 WAS ONE OF THE DRIEST ON RECORD. THE RECENT RAINS HAVE HELPED BUT MORE RAIN IS NEEDED TO REPLENISH AREA RESERVOIRS AND RIVERS.
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This huge low in the North-Central Pacific will have a significant impact on the U,S, weather in a week or so..
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my website is finally starting to look like a weather website, lol. btw, 99S really lookin like a TS now!
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Quoting SPLbeater:


isnt 1 knot 1.15mph? learned that from a site last year, cant remember if that was wat it said er not


I believe it is. The page was more of a way for me to memorize the mph gaps in the conversion (ex, 50 kts = 50mph, 55kts = 60mph) and also to test out the converter function than to actually be a precise knot-mph converter.
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Quoting yqt1001:
My first functioning (albeit relatively useless) page. :)

NHC Style Knot to MPH Converter


isnt 1 knot 1.15mph? learned that from a site last year, cant remember if that was wat it said er not
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My first functioning (albeit relatively useless) page. :)

NHC Style Knot to MPH Converter
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Quoting JNCali:
Maybe I can help... let me know if you're interested..


i have it set up as private, so you are going to need my password. if you would like to help, mail me:D
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Sean's name has disappeared off the National Hurricane Center page. I don't know if that means they are about to release their Tropical Cyclone Report or not.

Link



Sean name was nevere put on there yet and its been like that for some time now
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Sean's name has disappeared off the National Hurricane Center page. I don't know if that means they are about to release their Tropical Cyclone Report or not.

Link
Maybe they will change it to hurricane Sean,but not probable
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Sean's name has disappeared off the National Hurricane Center page. I don't know if that means they are about to release their Tropical Cyclone Report or not.

Link
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Unusual drought triggers alarm across Balkans
By AMER COHADZIC, Associated Press – 2 days ago
BEZDAN, Serbia (AP) —


The waters of the mighty Danube are so low that dozens of cargo ships are stuck, stranded in ghostly fog or wedged into sand banks on what is normally one of eastern Europe's busiest transport routes.

A lack of rain has triggered the worst drought in decades for this time of year, dropping river levels to record lows and sounding an alarm in parts of central and eastern Europe.
Power supplies are running low in Serbia, drinking water shortages have hit Bosnia, and crop production is in jeopardy in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. The Czech Republic is at its driest since records began in 1775.
Meteorologists say they are not sure why the region has had far less rain than average since August — but they don't see any more coming quickly. That is bad news for shipping companies that are already reporting big losses.
"This is a disaster," said Branko Savic, the manager of a privately owned Danube shipping company in Serbia that he says is operating at only a third of its capacity. "Traffic on the Danube is practically nonexistent. . . We are in dire need of enormous amounts of water, rain, or melting snow in order to better the situation."

About 80 big cargo ships are stranded at the Serbia-Hungary border on the Danube, Europe's second largest river, which winds 2,860-kilometer (1,777-mile) from Germany, passing through eight countries before flowing into the Black Sea.
"In my many years of experience as a boat captain, I don't remember a drought as harsh as this one," said Anton Balasz, whose ship is among those stuck where exposed sand banks are preventing boats from passing.
Sunken German World War II-era ships have surfaced on the Danube and unexploded bombs that fell during the 1940s emerged from the Sava river in Serbia. At the normally bustling northern Bosnian port of Brcko on the Sava river, workers have been told not to expect any work until further notice.

"If the situation continues, we could easily send all of our work force home," said Mustafa Nukovic, the port's general manager, pointing to the empty cargo terminals and boats parked in the docks.
In Bosnia, drinking water restrictions have been introduced at night in Sarajevo and other cities.
"The Bosna river is so low, you can walk from one bank to another," said Emir Emric, a fisherman. "People catch fish with bare hands — and not only any fish — but 20-kilogram (44-pound) catfish."

Electricity supplies are also running low in Bosnia and Serbia because hydropower plants cannot produce enough power due to the low river water levels. If there is no rain in the next couple of days, hydroelectric plants will be shut down, said Bosnian Serb Energy Minister Zeljko Kovacevic.
Environmentalists are also worried. A World Wildlife Fund report noted a sharp drop in bird populations along the lower stretch of the Danube because of the persistent drought.

The current level of the river along the Bulgarian bank is at its lowest since 1941, and shipping on large stretches of the river has ground to a halt, according to the Bulgarian Executive Agency for Exploration and Maintenance of the Danube River.
The Bulgarian section between the ports of Somovit and Silistra has a total of 14 spots where the Danube level is below the river navigation minimum of 250 centimeters (98 inches), and 6 spots were the waters are as shallow as 160 centimeters (63 inches).

In Romania, officials say that though the country had a bumper wheat harvest this year, the drought looks set to severely damage next year's production.
"If the drought continues, the wheat crop will be down by at least 20 percent," said Marcel Cucu, the spokesman for the Romanian League of Agriculture Producers Associations.

After having to deal with large areas of farmland under water in 2010, in 2011 Hungary faces the opposite problem — the lack of rainfall.
While the 2011 harvest has resulted in good yields, expectations for 2012 are not very encouraging, said Gyorgy Czervan, state secretary at the Ministry of Rural Development.

Czervan said the average rainfall measured across the country so far this has year has been between 240 millimeters (9.45 inches) and 500 millimeters (19.7 inches), around half the normal amount.
The dearth of rain has caused the soil to harden in many parts of the country, making autumn planting of some products very difficult.

Associated Press writers Dusan Stojanovic and Jovana Gec in Serbia, Alison Mutler in Romania, Pablo Gorondi in Hungary, Veselin Toshkov in Bulgaria, Eldar Emric and Aida Cerkez in Bosnia and Karel Janicek in the Czech Republic contributed to this report.
Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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It looks like more rain is in store for Thailand. Just what they don't need right now.
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236. Skyepony (Mod)
AtHomeInTX~ Hard not to follow how towns are dealing with the lack of water, people solving problems, trying to adapt. Before that one town put together the pipe from the quarry right to the water treatment facility they had tried some water diversion from a river, but that absorbed into the land & evaporated into the air before it ever made it to the plant. Another town had an 18 month supply of water just evaporate into the air out of their lake.

Spurred a discussion here.. Evaporation has become a snatcher of a small remaining critical resource there. So by human nature we will try & stop that too. But human nature would prefer that be done conveniently, cheaply, chemically.. Turns out there is already sorta a product. One can only imagine how toying with evaporation could toy with the rain.



gippgig~ That make the biggest profit this month for shareholders possible rule gets in the way of sustainable business & community once again.. Though they are one the few business that are feeling deep losses from the change we've had so far & prod at governments to try & prevent further climate change. They've done the numbers..the painful abrupt weaning from creating excess CO2 & other greenhouse gases would be much cheaper than them fighting the sea.
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Quoting HurrikanEB:
I wasn't aware Europe was in a drought. Unless this is related to the wildfires in Russia over the past year or so.


The Rhine originates in Switzerland; the BBC did an article yesterday on how Switzerland's ski resorts are suffering greatly because of lack of snow. Link

I would assume that the lack of rain in the autumn months have caused the Rhine to drop considerably.
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Does anyone have any info on the lack of rain in Europe?

Apparently they found a big bomb from world war 2 in one of the german rivers after the river levels fell significantly. Massive WWII bomb succesfully defused in Germany

I wasn't aware Europe was in a drought. Unless this is related to the wildfires in Russia over the past year or so.
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231.

Well.. it is December.
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Quoting HuracanTaino:
There will be plenty of northeasters, winter storms, and if you are interested in "perfect", 'PARADISE WEATHER' check eastern caribbean this time of the year, is the best time here...
It's good for us here in The Bahamas too, especially in the SE Bahamas / TCI. Dry, warm but not hot, and less windy than in the NW at this time of year.
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Quoting CybrTeddy:
GFS and CMC believe either a non-tropical low or a sub-tropical system will begin to develop just east of the islands on Tuesday. Will be interesting to see how that occurs, or if it will just be another repeat of 99L and 90L.



Nothing will happen with all the Wind Shear in that area....and it does not look to relax much....







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GFS and CMC believe either a non-tropical low or a sub-tropical system will begin to develop just east of the islands on Tuesday. Will be interesting to see how that occurs, or if it will just be another repeat of 99L and 90L.
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Quoting Articuno:

...
I know that
but
what
about
other
things
besides hurricanes?
:|
There will be plenty of northeasters, winter storms, and if you are interested in "perfect", 'PARADISE WEATHER' check eastern caribbean this time of the year, is the best time here...
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I see all the comments about the floods every where. We are unlucky in St Bart's, the rain fall in SXM - GPE - SKN- Antigua & Barbua, and Not here ! We want Heavy heavy heavy heavy rains lolll.
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Morning everybody. Finally have a 5 minute break to sneak into the blog. I'm looking forward to Gray et al this week....

Weather here has been cool and breezy for most of the week, with signs that it's likely to continue that way. The winter dry-out is underway, and I doubt we see many more showers, even with encroaching winter fronts.

The lady with the 1000 dollar light bill has my empathy... at least she got the service for the bill i.e. she used more power than usual. Here in Nassau our bills have been escalating, even though our usage has been the same or less than in comparative periods in previous years. I've seen my bill quadruple in the last two years, with no increased usage on my part. It's pretty disconcerting to get a bill for one MONTH that is greater than what you formerly paid in one YEAR.
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Quoting SPLbeater:
my website sucks, thats what you get for free i guess. waste of time, lol
Maybe I can help... let me know if you're interested..
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Morning. Things turning to the cold for really the first time. Moved from confused daffodils to now having snow warnings in Scotland in about a week. Of course, both areas at opposite ends of this island, but the temperatures now around normal (5C or so - 40F).

Been quite a few deep lows coinciding with a positive upswing in the NAO, but looks like it'll calm a little.

Little bit on Canary submarine eruption, though nothing particularly new: (funny how it talks about not hyping the volcano, after the article on the same site about Katla's impending doom - guilt?) Link

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VERY slow..... *chirp chirp*
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Have the insurance companies looked into this? It might be cheaper for them to build the storm surge barriers than to pay all the claims when the big one hits. The insurance companies should clearly be taking a more active role in disaster prevention. For example, what was Transocean's insurer doing - or apparently not doing - before the big Gulf of Mexico blowout?
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Scary stuff of the other kind there DDR. Hope everyone stays safe.
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221. DDR
From our met office

AREA OF DISTURBED WEATHER EXPECTED TO NEGATIVELY
IMPACT PARTS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO OVERNIGHT
INTO SUNDAY


Both Trinidad and Tobago have been experiencing
periods of showers and or rain during the past 24
hours. This is due, in the main, to a lingering
surface trough and the ITCZ, along with favorable
upper level winds, The ground, particularly in
Trinidad, is already saturated and the
possibility of periods of more rainfall is
greater than 60% during the next 6 to 12 hours.


Given the present conditions and the forecast for
additional precipitation, the Trinidad and Tobago
Meteorological Services is warning of landslips
and or landslides in hilly areas of both islands.
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Ugh! Sorry my posts are all messed up and I can't link anymore.  Maybe Santa will fix all my WU bugs for Christmas. Sigh. Thanks for posting all that Skye.
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Quoting Skyepony:
Texas towns find fast solutions to water problems.

Cleanup continues after Calif. windstorm
2 days after powerful winds rip through region, cleanup efforts continue.

NOAA's report card on Greenland is sobering..

The waters of the mighty Danube are so low that dozens of cargo ships are stuck, stranded in ghostly fog or wedged into sand banks on what is normally one of eastern Europe's busiest transport routes. A lack of rain has triggered the worst drought in decades for this time of year, dropping river levels to record lows and sounding an alarm in parts of central and eastern Europe. Power supplies are running low in Serbia, drinking water shortages have hit Bosnia, and crop production is in jeopardy in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. The Czech Republic is at its driest since records began in 1775. Meteorologists say they are not sure why the region has had far less rain than average since August — but they don't see any more coming quickly. That is bad news for shipping companies that are already reporting big losses. "This is a disaster," said Branko Savic, the manager of a privately owned Danube shipping company in Serbia that he says is operating at only a third of its capacity. "Traffic on the Danube is practically nonexistent. . . We are in dire need of enormous amounts of water, rain, or melting snow in order to better the situation."


Mexico's drought is looking pretty bad too.



Wow! Sobering indeed!  It's hard to fathom this. Scariest for me personally, I had no idea the Sabine River was already being tapped. I admit to doing my best ostrich impression of late as far as local news is concerned but you'd think someone would've mentioned that. Not surprised Mexico's in the same boat. Just saddened. Now Europe and even worse for the big picture Greenland are not getting enough rain. The speed of all this is what's really got me.  I hope this changes and soon! Unfortunately some of us along the coast of Texas and Mexico are going to have to take one for the team by this summer or....As Alice said, "Welcome to my Nightmare."...


$1,000 Utility Bill Shocks Texas Woman

(KSEE) -- A 70-year-old Texas widow who lives alone has received two consecutive utility bills totaling more than $1,000.
For the past 30 years that Ruby Valderas has
lived in her Garland home, her water bills have averaged between $35 to
$50 per month.

 But August and September were outrageously expensive.
"When you're old like I am, you have a
limited amount of money, and it's not going to last for very long if you
start getting bills like that," Valderas said. "They are scary. It's
scary for me."
Her son, Jay Gillian, even had a plumber look at her house and provide a letter explaining that there were no leaks.
Gillian said his mother's bill shot up in August.
According to the bill, she used 45,000 gallons of water.
"That's like filling up a neighborhood full of swimming pools," he said.
Gillian has been going back and forth with the city of Garland trying to resolve the matter.
He hasn't had much luck, though the city did credit back about $130.

The city says the bill is legitimate and has tried to work with Valderas on a payment plan.

A lot of Garland residents have seen their water bills spike because of the extreme drought conditions, the city said.
Valderas' utility bills piled up to nearly $900 by November, affecting her holidays with her family.
"We were trying to work something out with
them, some kind of arrangement ... but her electricity and water are
bundled together and, the day before Thanksgiving, they turned her
electricity off," Jay Gillian said.
Valderas said she wants the city to recalculate its numbers.
"I'm overwhelmed," she said. "How am I going to keep paying those kinds of bills? It isn't fair."









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218. DDR
Skyepony thanks for the links,too little there too much here,its been raining off and on here for 24 hours with 3-5 inches in parts of T&T,swollen rivers and its keeps falling...
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217. Skyepony (Mod)
Texas towns find fast solutions to water problems.

Cleanup continues after Calif. windstorm
2 days after powerful winds rip through region, cleanup efforts continue.

NOAA's report card on Greenland is sobering..

The waters of the mighty Danube are so low that dozens of cargo ships are stuck, stranded in ghostly fog or wedged into sand banks on what is normally one of eastern Europe's busiest transport routes. A lack of rain has triggered the worst drought in decades for this time of year, dropping river levels to record lows and sounding an alarm in parts of central and eastern Europe. Power supplies are running low in Serbia, drinking water shortages have hit Bosnia, and crop production is in jeopardy in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary. The Czech Republic is at its driest since records began in 1775. Meteorologists say they are not sure why the region has had far less rain than average since August — but they don't see any more coming quickly. That is bad news for shipping companies that are already reporting big losses. "This is a disaster," said Branko Savic, the manager of a privately owned Danube shipping company in Serbia that he says is operating at only a third of its capacity. "Traffic on the Danube is practically nonexistent. . . We are in dire need of enormous amounts of water, rain, or melting snow in order to better the situation."


Mexico's drought is looking pretty bad too.
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Quoting hydrus:
It amazes me every day how far computer tech has come...Imagine 20 years from now.


I do not know about that. They had the Tablet PC back in 1966 Star Trek series and we are still acting as though they are a fairly new item. ;-)
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Quoting SPLbeater:


could you help me with it?

i mail you the link, lol

I can't do anything yet :P
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Link...


could you help me with it?

i mail you the link, lol
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