Tuesday, July 21, 2009

yet another portent of impending climate catastrophe

A news report of a desert city in Chile that, unaccustomed to precipitation, is thrown into chaos by a slight rain.

Less than 100th of an inch (about 0.2 millimeters) of rain fell on the Chilean port city of Iquique Monday afternoon, accompanied by moderate winds of about 10 mph (17 kph), according to the country's weather service. That was enough to knock out power to several neighborhoods and to damage the roofs of 4,000 houses, said Gov. Miguel Silva.

I bet 50 years from now old timers will be telling their kids "I remember the Big One of '09 when water droplets actually fell from the sky! We lost your grandmother that day; I threw her a rope, but she couldn't hang on... Oh, the horror!"

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