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Flash Flood Watch issued July 31 at 11:49PM PDT until August 01 at 11:00PM PDT by NWS

...FLASH FLOODING POSSIBLE ON RECENT BURN AREAS FRIDAY... .BRIEF DOWNPOURS FROM ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS COULD PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING ACROSS AREAS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED RECENT WILDFIRES. DEBRIS FLOWS AND RAPID RUNOFF WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT THREAT IN THIS CASE. ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM PDT FRIDAY

Today

Hi98° Isolated Thunderstorms

Tonight

Lo72° Isolated Thunderstorms

Saturday

Hi97° Isolated Thunderstorms

Saturday Night

Lo71° Slight Chc Thunderstorms

Sunday

Hi98° Hot

Sunday Night

Lo73° Partly Cloudy

Monday

Hi99° Hot

Monday Night

Lo72° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi98° Hot

Tuesday Night

Lo70° Mostly Clear

Climate change is here; what now?

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Yes, I am frightened by climate change. I read the executive summaries and press accounts of the latest studies and predictions, and my discomfort increases. Just this week came the National Climate Assessment, with its subsection outlining the effects of climate change already felt in the Northwest: average temperature up 1.3 degrees in a century, average snowpack down 20 percent since 1950, beetle-infested forests, intense wildfire, early runoff, reduced power production, rising sea levels, shrinking glaciers. Even accounting for the proven tendency to exaggerate environmental threats, this is cause for serious concern, and I don’t doubt that mankind’s century of pumping carbon into the atmosphere bears much responsibility.

Just as frightening, however, are the mistaken and expensive policies forced upon us in the name of counteracting the threat. Based on the record so far, it would be fair to conclude that the very people scaring us with their climate predictions don’t really know how to fend them off, other than slowing economic growth with enforced expense.

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