A 45-Day Storm Turned California Into a 300-Mile-Long Sea, And It Could Happen Again
A massive 19th century storm in the pacific United States opened up a 300-mile-long (480-km-long) sea that stretched through much of the central part of California. And it looks like the state is due for another megaflood. For 43 days, from late 1861 to early 1862, it rained almost nonstop in central California. Rivers running down the Sierra Nevada mountains turned into torrents that swept entire towns away. The storm was caused by an atmospheric river, a large concentration of water vapour that can cause devastating storms.
“[These storms] have the potential of hurricanes – or even more so because they go on for weeks,” Lucy Jones of the US Geological Survey told NPR back in 2013.
Atmospheric rivers carry concentrated channels of water vapour out of the tropics. A famous example is the Pineapple Express, which, propelled by the jet stream, carries vapour from the waters near Hawaii all the way to the…
Is resilience the key to being a successful entrepreneur?
Each year, thousands of men and women embark on an often bumpy journey to entrepreneurship. Filled with motivation, they are determined to bring their vision to life and fill a gap in the market.
By definition, an entrepreneur is doing (or trying to do) something that has never been done before. Through launching a disruptive tech startup, setting up a specialised agency or opening a physical shop, there are many ways for entrepreneurs to bring a new product or service to the marketplace.
Arguably, one of the most important factors in becoming a successful entrepreneur is getting the offering right. Be it a product or a service, it needs to have a place in society. Natural innovators are successful thanks to their ability to fill a need identified in society that’s yet to be explored. Either no one’s thought of the idea, or perhaps predecessors simply lacked the skills or expertise to venture forth…