Yellowstone Will Partially Reopen Wed After Catastrophic Floods

    Photo: AP [via NY Post]

    The Facts

    • Following devastating flooding that damaged roads and stranded residents, Yellowstone National Park is expected to partially reopen Wed.

    • The park's southern loop will be open to a controlled number of visitors and will be managed based on vehicle license plates.


    The Spin

    Narrative A

    Yellowstone's flooding was caused by a super-soaking atmospheric river that began in the American Northwest, catastrophic rainfall, and melting snowpack. However, the real culprit is climate change, which intensifies what should be normal weather events into disasters.

    Narrative B

    It's easy to dismiss any extreme weather event as a consequence of climate change, but in reality they're usually influenced by a myriad of factors that have nothing to do with it. More research is needed before we can establish any direct causal link between the two.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 23% chance that there will be 3.6°C of global warming by 2100 according to the Metaculus prediction community.


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