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Old timers in SoCal remember infrequent, irregular, but periodic tropical storms reaching our area. Today, an online database of rainfall records shows rainfall in mid-late summer through September once in a while. It is not unique, not rare, and has happened for 100-plus years.
What’s different? Too lazy to do research? Climate hysteria? Enjoy sounding alarming? Need to feed the threat/danger scenario?
The WSJ pointed out multiple specific tropical storm events since 1960. Again, why the false reporting? Tropical Storm Hillary garnered attention. Is it because we have better technology than we did 50 years ago? We couldn’t forecast this well in the past? We’ve made progress then, technologically — a good thing.
But we need perspective to put the storm in context, not to frighten. A late summer storm dumping two to three inches over most of the populated southland may be a good thing. Help to top off reservoirs; dampen dry grasses and brush to reduce to some extent brush fire hazard this fall.
BTW, a 5.1 quake in Ojai is not a disaster, as numerously reported by many. It is at the low end of the moderate band on the Richter scale. Only poorly constructed buildings have any damage. It’s shameful journalists don’t know what anyone can verify in one minute online. Do they or their producers wish to unnecessarily alarm listeners/viewers?Published in