I’m in Colorado this weekend, and have heard a couple of ads on the radio for Democratic slimeball incumbent Mark Udall, saying his opponent Cory Gardner is responsible for record floods and fires in Colorado.
Besides the 15th century mentality of blaming the weather on other people, the claims about record floods and fires are complete nonsense.
Colorado just had one of its quietest fire years on record, but in 1898 had a fire which burned up nearly one quarter of the state. Probably 100 times larger than any recent fires.
In 1935, Colorado received 23 inches of rain in four hours. More than the entire week of last year’s flood.
Woodward Ranch, Texas (about 17 miles northwest of D’Hanis, which is 40 miles west of San Antonio) measured an amazing 10.00″ in 1 hour, 15.00″ in 2 hours and a world record 22.00″ in 2 hours and 45 minutes on May 31,1935 between 3:00-6:00 a.m. This was an especially interesting event since, just hours earlier, a rain gauge in eastern Colorado (at a location 25 miles northeast of Colorado Springs) measured 24″ of rain in a 6-hour period between noon-6:00 p.m. May 30th (22.80″ of which fell in just 4 hours). Several other gauges in eastern Colorado also measured amounts close to this, lending creditability to the figure