After enjoying gloriously warm and sunny weather during my northern European “apology tour”, I was astonished return and find California’s mega-drought seemingly ended with record rainfall.

San Diegans woke up Monday after record-breaking storms brought up to four inches of rain in one community and more than an inch in many others.

“Amazing is the best way to put it,” NBC 7’s Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said as she described the amount of rainfall San Diego County received in 48 hours.

…Saturday’s rainfall broke records in at least 11 locations, including five places that had the most rain ever recorded on any day in July, according to the National Weather Service.

Now, our media is focusing on “El Niño” and predicting the Golden State will be hit with floods.

This weekend’s rains came from a former hurricane, Dolores. Experts say warm ocean water, influenced by El Niño, allowed the remnants of the unusually wet hurricane to go much farther north than such storms typically go.

They also see El Niño in other unusual weather events of recent months: A dusting of snow blanketed parts of the southern Sierra Nevada in early July, and the so-called Miracle May of rain and snow in the Rocky Mountains helped forestall water reductions from reservoirs that feed California, Nevada and Arizona.

These all appear to be preludes of what could come in winter — for better and worse.

“It’s a sweet promising start,” said Bill Patzert, climatologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, but then added: “Except for all the damage it does…. Be careful for what you wish for. Great droughts usually end in great floods.”

Meanwhile, our governor indicates that “climate change” may result in human extinction.

Gov. Jerry Brown, issuing an ominous appeal on climate change, said Tuesday that the world may already have “gone over the edge” on global warming and that humanity must reverse course or face extinction.

Brown, speaking at a summit of mayors from around the world, has increased his already-high profile on climate change in recent months, working to coalesce support for carbon reduction policies ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December.

….Brown’s remarks reflected the urgency of the effort, but also its limitations.

“We don’t even know how far we’ve gone, or if we’ve gone over the edge,” Brown said. “There are tipping points, feedback loops. This is not some linear set of problems that we can predict. We have to take measures against an uncertain future which may well be something no one ever wants. We are talking about extinction. We are talking about climate regimes that have not been seen for tens of millions of years. We’re not there yet, but we’re on our way.”

Many Republicans have said the effects of climate change are overstated. As he has several times, Brown called them “troglodytes,” to applause.

Of course, give range of weather here, I am not certain if we “troglodytes” are going to burn or drown.

Brown’s remarks were made at a conference hosted by Pope Francis, in support of the recent encyclical, Laudato Si. As anticipated, the encyclical is being used to promote the progressive regulatory agenda related to environmental issues.

Furthermore, the real “climate change” from El Niño that will likely increase the state rainfall is not part of rate increase discussions. Local rates are poised to be hiked by almost 17%.

Truly, the only thing in danger of extinction from “climate change” is common sense.

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