An estimated 100,000 people are without power as of early Wednesday morning and flash floods rise across the Houston metro area as strong storms and tornados languish in the area. Houston’s major freeways have flooded at key junctions causing extensive traffic jams on the 610 loop, 59/69 in the Upper Kirby area and at the 610 junction, I-10 between Katy and Energy Corridor, I-45 south near University of Houston, along with smaller flooding in multiple other areas and on major surface streets. Evacuations in flooded areas started Tuesday afternoon. Rain is expected to continue across the Houston and College Station region until Monday.
According to the US National Climate Assessment report in 2018, the rare weather events like a 1-in-10 year storm is actually happening about twice a year now, and a 1-in-100 year storm is occurring about once year now and the 1-in-500 year storms are happening about ever two or three years. Climate experts and meteorologist have continued to say climate change is the primary cause of our weather becoming more extreme more frequently.
While most scientist say climate change is real and that humans are the proximate cause, there are still a few outliers who believe differently. Retired atmospheric researcher and meteorologist Frank Dunbar of Dallas says the earth has always undergone climate change and that core samples from geologist have proven that the earth has gone through “tons of cycles in climate and atmospheric change over the last several million years, long before we humans could have played a part. The only difference about it this time is that we human today can talk about it, see it and investigate it.” Dunbar does not deny climate change is happening, he just thinks humans are not the only cause. “There are lots of geological, topographical, atmospheric and oceanic reasons that have been causing climate change for eons, who’s to say this current change isn’t any different from previous ones?”