Its quite a start to 2019 on the weather front. The (continuing) flooding in Eastern Canada and on the Rogue River in Quebec in particular are calling into question the viability of even living in places Canadians have lived for generations. How many times can you bail out someone who lives on a flood plain? Or what is now a flood plain? The problem is also starting to be asked as regards ocean water front buttressing. How much can you do in the face of a rising ocean level? Take a look at New York City. They're looking at a $10 billion bandaid for Manhattan.
To me the real story weather wise is the prairie fire. In April.
That one is pretty amazing.
In BC they have produced a budget that sets fire fighting costs back to "normal" after two years of hell on Earth. Many people in the forest sector are wondering what happens when its a third straight year of disaster management. Are we in the same boat with the people living in now flood prone areas. Is it folly to think you can manage wildfire in BC these days? Should people just pull up stakes?