Northern California finally received its much-deserved dose of rain. In fact, it seems some three years since we’ve experienced so much water flowing through our streets here in San Francisco. For most of us, we shared our gratitude. But this morning, I witnessed the slow buckling of the pavement at the intersection outside my window overlooking almost rural Lake Street here at 6th Avenue near the idyllic Presidio Golf Course. A police car parked in the middle of the intersection, with two police women directing traffic to puzzled drivers. Then, a hole began to form in the pavement, one that grew from inches to feet in just minutes later, to the astonishment of school children who had just gathered with their parents at their bus stop.
In the following hours the yawning opening in the pavement ended up pulling in the news crews with its tugging subterranean drift, printed here on KRON. Now, some 13 hours later, it’s a crater some 25′ deep, and 25 square feet in diameter.
I believe it serves as yet another example of how extreme weather patterns are tied to climate change of one form or another.