Adjusting to new weather patterns is our climate change problem TODAY...it will get worse. It's hard when we rely on historical data for predictions for our weather. As far as our water supply in So Cal, planning, rate structuring, transfers, energy needs, energy supplied, irrigation controls, even plant choices are made in conjunction with past data. Must we throw out the proverbial bathwater? When the average amount of rain in L.A. has been (historically) about 14" per year and the last 5-6 years the average has been more like 6", those longer term averages aren't so average anymore. For now it's true that we can only look back at the past and shrug but In the long run, this might the dawning of a new set of data...and we start over.
Photo Credit: Banksy, 2009, Regent's Canal in Camden, north London.