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Old 12-17-2006   #1
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How about this weather?

The past 6 weeks or so here on the West Coast has brought unusually extreme weather with a seemingly unending sequence of strong lows advancing on the coast. It is alternately deluging us with torrential rains and mild temperatures followed by cold snaps and unusual amounts of snowfall when these two collide during the transitions. Mother Nature followed up this past week with record setting windspeeds in a rapidly moving storm that caused widespread devastation and was responsible for a number of deaths in Washington and Oregon states.

Flooding, downed trees and power outages are rampant. Hydro crews were still trying to repair damage from a 50 knot storm earlier in the week, so some isolated communities have been without power for over a week!

In Vancouver we had winds Friday that hit the 60 Ė 80 knot range, and as the front raced inland, trucks and semis were literally blown off the highways in Southern Alberta.

All of this follows an unusually dry, warm summer that ran well into the early fall, which itself was preceded by a wetter-than normal spring.

Fortunately the weather tracking and predictions have improved in recent decades and we are rarely surprised by these events.

This board has a presence all over the globe, so my question is Ė do others see this trend to increasingly severe or unusual weather patterns in other parts of the world?

And if so, Iím willing to bet there are lots of theories as to why!
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