From Justin Fredrickson, California Farm Bureau Federation, in AgAlert Recent research looking at projected global temperature increases and large-scale oceanic and atmospheric processes contains alarming news for California water and flood planners. According to this emerging science, intense precipitation and flooding from “pineapple express”-style winter storms could both shift eastwardly landward and intensify by up to 40% by the latter half of the century. Pretty clearly, it would take far less than an 1862-sized flood to overwhelm our existing flood and reservoir system. With the full force of an 1862 or even larger event, think of the 2017 Oroville spillway failure on steroids—just everywhere at once. Add it all up and the proverbial writing on the wall is clear: Our existing infrastructure is woefully unequal to the task. (more)