Atmospheric River from 2021/11/15
An atmospheric river hit the Pacific Northwest on 2021/11/15 and brought very large amounts of rain. This is less than six months after Heat Dome, where the same region was pummeled by heat uncharacteristic to the climate.
The flood wall was raised six feet ahead of time.
HAPPENING NOW: workers in Mt. Vernon are rushing to put up flood barriers as the Skagit River continues to swell. Current forecasts show that the river could approach a record high level tomorrow pic.twitter.com/8kp5NL0Y88— Ryan Simms (@RyanKIRO7) November 15, 2021
Water at the top of the flood wall.
Items flying off buildings.
Waters rose above the Sewall in Vancouver, BC.
Reminder: the #Seawall remains closed. Although the rain has eased, high tides and strong winds can cause dangerous conditions near the water. Stay safe, everyone! #BCstorm @CityofVancouver pic.twitter.com/KNbshwLEaf— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) November 15, 2021
Vancouver, BC was cut off from the mainland because the highways were washed out.
This video from the scene of people being rescued off #BCHwy7 is so powerful.— Alanna Kelly (@AlannaKellyNews) November 15, 2021
People are relieved to be safely on the other side of these two mudslides and on solid ground.
“Oh it’s amazing,” says Bennett. “They’ve got food and blankets for us, and real bathrooms!” pic.twitter.com/ylrStiMoHq
Climate breakdown. Lots of things will break. Lots of big things. Vancouver has not seen anything like this before. We're all still witnessing just the very beginning. #EmergencyModehttps://t.co/65QU4YBiU4— Peter Kalmus (@ClimateHuman) November 16, 2021
The Coquihalla Highway is missing. https://t.co/M1xTxcBfEe— Tyler Hamilton (@50ShadesofVan) November 16, 2021
A look from a flyover of #BCHwy1 at Tank Hill near Lytton and Nicomen.— BC Transportation (@TranBC) November 15, 2021
For the latest #BCStorm travel info, check @DriveBC's website: https://t.co/0sq39Ad5WN#TransCanadaHighway pic.twitter.com/N4zVto5vNK
Over a quarter million power outages when you pool Washington & BC together - a major story in itself. https://t.co/4SUa1YqKKR— Tyler Hamilton (@50ShadesofVan) November 16, 2021
The warm rain melted the snow in the mountains.
Storms hold more moisture in warmer weather.
Bottom line: “the pressure systems that move across the Pacific Ocean and bring winter rainstorms to Whatcom are able to hold more moisture when global temperatures are higher”— Alex Ramel 😷 (@AlexRamel) November 16, 2021
Read more at: https://t.co/ONa9QztLiB https://t.co/FikpCOETRM
The climate is changing faster than infrastrcutre can handle. These kinds of extremes will continue to test each region.
The study, published in the journal Science, found that children born in 2021 will on average live on an Earth with seven times more heatwaves, twice as many wildfires, and almost three times as many droughts, river floods and crop failures as people born 60 years ago.
“This basically means that people younger than 40 today will live an unprecedented life even under the most stringent climate change mitigation scenarios,” lead author Wim Thiery said in a statement. “Our results highlight a severe threat to the safety of young generations and call for drastic emission reductions to safeguard their future.”
What’s stopping change?
Imagine how future generations will look back at the status quo who preferred waiting.