Man-Made Flood Superstition

The press is quite predictably parroting their usual lies and hysteria about the Ellicott City, MD flooding, where they received 3-6 inches of rain in two hours.  Press geniuses are calling six inches inches of rain a 1-in-1000-year rain event.

I used to ride my bike to the Ellicott City Assembly of God church, where my friend Karen sang.

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Downtown Ellicott City is located in the bottom of an intermittent river channel, with lots of asphalt perched overhead.  When it rains, all the drainage off the parking lots comes directly downtown.

Even before the parking lots were built, Ellicott City had massive floods – their worst one occurring 150 years ago, with a “40 foot wall of water.”  According to USA Today, that was more than 1,000 years ago.

Historic Ellicott City, MD – Floods – Saturday, August 8, 1868

The Washington Post calls Ellicott City “a town of many, many floods” which the city has marked.

It is remarkable that anyone would would be stupid or dishonest enough to claim 3-6 inches of rain in two hours is a record. Maryland holds the US record of 1.23 inches of rain in one minute. On Memorial Day weekend 1935, Woodward Ranch, Texas received a world record fifteen inches of rain in two hours. And in 1942, Smethport, PA received a world record 28.5 inches of rain in three hours.

Extreme Weather: A Guide & Record Book – Christopher C. Burt – Google Books

On this date in 1935, two locations in Colorado received 24 inches of rain in six hours, killing hundreds of people.

Extreme Weather: A Guide & Record Book – Christopher C. Burt – Google Books

03 Jun 1935 – TRAGIC FLOODS – Trove

Climate alarmism depends on lies, fake statistics and a misunderstanding of science and history. Downtown Ellicott City is a disaster waiting to happen every time it rains.

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25 Responses to Man-Made Flood Superstition

  1. RAH says:

    It is sad but amusing to see reports that the city has suffered “an unprecedented two 1,000 year floods in two years”.

    Really it seems to me that there are three alternatives.
    1. Take on a massive public works project to divert the run off and river channels

    2. Move

    3. Stay and be flooded again and again and again.

    • arn says:

      I still wonder where and how they got the 1000 year record.
      Especially the data before 1492 :)

    • Andy DC says:

      We had a similar problem in the DC area at a place called Arlandria. There is a stream there called Four Mile Run that forms the boundary between Arlington, VA and Alexandria, VA, During 1963, 1969 and 1972, there were massive floods there. But instead of blathering about climate change and Mann-made 1 in a thousand year floods, the engineers moved in and fixed the problem. No major flooding there ever since. The fact remains that when you start massively covering huge areas with asphalt and concrete, the water simply has nowhere to go, other than seeking its lowest level.

    • just a thought says:

      Your point #1 was the first thing I thought of. If they keep electing irresponsible bozos who keep ignoring the problem, it’s a self made tragedy.

  2. RAH says:

    Really it seems to me they have three alternatives:
    1. Stay and have it happen again and again.
    2. Take on a massive public works project to divert run off and stream and river channels
    3. Move

    • Jason Calley says:

      Hey RAH! You left out option 4, the option favored by out ethical and moral superiors, the supporters of CAGW.

      4. Outlaw oxidation of any carbon compounds. Strangle all energy production on the planet. Force billions of people to starve and freeze. Stop all travel except foot traffic. Allow the Earth to revert to its real state, its “natural” state, just like it was before humans existed.

      Of course option 4 would not stop heavy rains from occurring, but at least there would be no people to notice them.

      • Andy DC says:

        5. Throw the Constitution, capitalism and personal freedom into the trash can and form a new communist World Order, where Big Brother micromanages every aspect of our lives from cradle to grave. Because we are too stupid to know what is right for ourselves, and therefor we need people like Michael Mann, Al Gore and Griff to do our thinking for us.

  3. Steve says:

    If any one of these events happened now no attempt would be made to understand why, but would immediately be branded as a consequence of global warming. And if you don’t agree, you’ll be attacked as someone who doesn’t “believe in science”.

  4. Don B says:

    California had catastrophic flooding in 1861-62, following two decades of drought.
    https://thelukewarmersway.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/climate-change-1861-style/

    And don’t forget the historic Mississippi River flood of 1927.
    https://www.britannica.com/event/Mississippi-River-flood-of-1927

  5. RAH says:

    Sorry for the double post. For some reason my first response did not appear immediately as it always has before nor did it appear in the side bar list of recent posts.

  6. Caleb says:

    Thank you, Tony, for taking the time to do the historical research.

    It always amazes me how some Alarmists fail to do even the most elementary amount of research. Rather than historical research they do hysterical research.

    This results in false impressions, which might have some hope of misinforming the public if they only ignored past weather events before around 1920, because few are left alive who recall such events, and most are too busy to research with due diligence (as you do so well.)

    But some foolish Alarmists (perhaps only in their 20’s) ignore weather events in living memory. Increasing many roll their eyes, when the media produces hype, propaganda and other forms of misinformation. Maybe all the hoopla once sold papers, but I am afraid such blather will soon put the papers out of business, unless editors wise up.

  7. cdquarles says:

    I would say that the ‘media’ would be better off saying that this event has a 0.1% probability of being seen in any one year in this location than that “thousand year” junk. Just me, though, and since that would be more honest … it’ll never happen.

  8. steve case says:

    See my comment atSlate.

    Their head-line says:

    The Maryland Flooding Is a Warning
    Climate change is hitting America as rain,
    and we’re making it worse.

  9. Gary F. says:

    Along that section of main street is a narrow brook that has been “walled in” and literally flows underneath some of the buildings and side streets. It couldn’t be 15ft wide, and not nearly enough to handle any appreciable amount of rainfall.

  10. TomRude says:

    The watershed is quite large for such a small river channel, hence the propensity to flash flooding at the bottom of the watershed where is the intersection with the bigger river, strategic location of the town. Geologically speaking this was the worse place to set a town.

  11. RAH says:

    End of May and there are still fields in N. Indiana that have not been planted. Now the problem is too much rain up there while down here in my area the problem is not enough and some planted fields have not germinated yet.

    • steve case says:

      RAH says:
      May 30, 2018 at 5:40 pm
      End of May and there are still fields in N. Indiana that have not been planted. Now the problem is too much rain up there while down here in my area the problem is not enough and some planted fields have not germinated yet.

      Both too much and not enough rain are cause by climate change and Donald J. Trump – Just saying.

  12. RAH says:

    What remains of Alberto passing to the west of us and I’m glad it appears it’s going to go more or less north instead of hooking east across N. Indiana. I’m heading to Rochester, NY and would be driving back into the teeth of it tomorrow afternoon and evening on the way home if it hooks east.

  13. LexingtonGreen says:

    Thank you Tony! I knew you were going to post on this and you delivered another golden post.

  14. Bill says:

    My town has a very nice river running through it. Right in the center of town, by the river, there are big open field parks. Newcomers note that this is REALLY valuable land; why aren’t there houses or hotels or apartment buildings? It’s really scenic. The river bank is plenty high enough, isn’t it? Why can’t I build a house there?

    Long time residents like me, though, remember a particular spring in the 1970’s when every one of those parks was flooded out. That’s why we have parks there!

    • Douglas Hoyt says:

      In Maine, some places flood nearly every year when the snow melts. One island I know of gets covered in water nearly every year. Used to be buildings on the island, but not any more.

      Another place I am familiar with is near a stream and in the summer about 20 feet above the stream, all the low lying plants are bent over on to the ground, so it is easy to see where the flood waters went. Lower down there is a log cabin, a vacation home, that must get flooded every year. Surprised they built where they did.

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