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No one alive today was around at the time of the Johnstown flood which killed 2,209. But here is what caused it:

"On May 28, 1889, a low-pressure area formed over Nebraska and Kansas. By the time this weather pattern reached western Pennsylvania two days later, it had developed into what would be termed the heaviest rainfall event that had ever been recorded in that part of the United States. The U.S. Army Signal Corps estimated that 6 to 10 inches (150 to 250 mm) of rain fell in 24 hours over the region."

Yes indeed , weather varies.

Beside ideological blindness, Fred, we are witnessing a form of "presentism"-- the idea that what we are experiencing now is new and disproportionately threatening and atypical. Those guilty of this mindset are often those who are ignorant of the past.

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