Got Flippers? California Mega Flood
Something to add to the problems of the future, catastrophic flooding in the California valley destroying a large part of the American and World agriculture.
"...a growing body of research shows there’s a flip side to the megadroughts Central Valley farmers face: megafloods. The region most vulnerable to such a water-drenched cataclysm in the near future is, ironically enough, the California’s great arid, sinking food production basin, the beleaguered behemoth of the US food system: the Central Valley. Bordered on all sides by mountains, the Central Valley stretches 450 miles long, is on average 50 miles wide, and occupies a land mass of 18,000 square miles, or 11.5 million acres—roughly equivalent in size to Massachusetts and Vermont combined. Wedged between the Sierra Nevada to the east and the Coast Ranges to the west, it’s one of the globe’s greatest expanses of fertile soil and temperate weather. For most Americans, it’s easy to ignore the Central Valley, even though it’s as important to eaters as Hollywood is to moviegoers or Silicon Valley is to smartphone users. Occupying less than 1 percent of US farmland, the Central Valley churns out a quarter of the nation’s food supply."
Given how often I keep hearing on the weather channels of a "atmospheric river of water headed towards the West Coast" almost every year now, will it be just a matter of time until one such weather system sticks around and floods the entire Valley, causing billions of dollars in damage and empty shelves across the world?