The North Dakota ice jam and flooding? Global Warming

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What sort of crazy world do these people live in. From the Scientific American (who really should know better):
Obama cites North Dakota floods in call for climate change action
President Obama says potentially historic flood levels in North Dakota are a clear example of why steps need to be taken to stop global warming. Heavy rain and blizzards have caused eight rivers in the state to swell to flood levels and emergency management officials are warily watching the Red River, which could surpass record levels late this week.

"If you look at the flooding that's going on right now in North Dakota and you say to yourself, 'If you see an increase of two degrees, what does that do, in terms of the situation there?'" Obama told reporters at the White House Monday. "That indicates the degree to which we have to take this seriously."

Waters in the Red River were 33 feet this morning, according to CNN. That�s 15 feet above flood stage, and close to the record 41.1 feet set in April 1897, according to the network. The river could exceed those levels by Friday or Saturday, officials say.
So, was there Anthropogenic Global Warming back in 1897? The coldest and the hottest records were set in 1936 -60 on Feb. 15 in Parshall and 121 on July 6 in Steele. I cannot find data for 1897 although there are weather stations that have records back to 1859. This is just weather, not global warming. Remember back around Christmas time of last year over 59% of the USA was covered in snow? It has been a long cold winter and North Dakota got hit with a hard thaw much like what happened here last January. And as for the flood waters continuing to rise (going into full panic mode here). From CNN:
Red River receding; 2 dead in North Dakota flooding
The Red River began to recede Sunday after rising to record levels, but officials cautioned residents not to let their guard down, especially in the face of an approaching snowstorm.

"We are very confident now that [the] river is in a slow decline," National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Gust said. "Hopefully, it will be at about 38 feet by next Sunday."

A winter storm warning was issued Sunday for the Red River Valley area between North Dakota and Minnesota, from midday Monday through Tuesday evening. Forecasters expected as many as 10 inches of snow in the area and wind gusts up to 35 mph.
And of course, they are staring right down the barrel of another snowstorm. Jus' wonnerful...

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