Could you get a betta metaphor?
The Fraser River is running 20 feet above normal for this time of year. Indeed, it’s been running high longer than any time in its recorded history – the consquence of abnormal weather and a high snow pack melting later than normal. Whatever normal is.
So the high water and heavy current erodes the riverbank, undermines a transmission tower that unexpectedly collapses, pulls down the power lines across two major highways and a big-box arterial – and the most travelled road in the Province and the busiest bridge are closed.
No transit alternatives for most. Result: traffic chaos.
Or to put it another way:
Just a metaphor.
UPDATE: Speaking of the “New Normal,” here’s a chart for the U.S.:
Once a decade, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updates its definition of “normal” temperatures, based on the average temperatures of the previous 30 years. Here’s how the 1981-2010 “normal” compares to the 1971-2000 “normal.” Basically, it’s a lot hotter. … [M]inimum temps in Minnesota and Wisconsin increased by nearly a full degree, with Maine, Vermont, Michigan, and Arizona not far behind. On average, normal temperatures increased by half a degree.