We saw this in Texas and Florida last year. After a 12 year dearth of land falling hurricanes, we need to get ready to get back to average.
With cooling temperatures, they may not have as much energy, but there will still be disasterous outliers.
Nuclear refuses to shut down, until the last minute, when it is most dangerous, and everything is still really hot. Increasing melt down and Trillion dollar disaster risk.
The plant goes offline when levels on the Missouri River hit 45 feet. As of 10:15 a.m. Saturday, the river was at 45.64 feet in Brownville, according to the National Weather Service.Oh, but they "have their own gauge". Oh, and per the story below, don't worry, they are "adding sand bags" to protect the nuclear plant. Did I just read that, type that?
Even 2 days ago, they predicted a shutdown, and report that it is the Brownsville gauge that they use. I question the skills and knowledge of the Nuke plant spokeseman, who also stated that they "pull the fuel rods", which is completely false. Of course, this is after all, Washington Post.
The Cooper Nuclear Station uses water from the river to generate power, but workers will shut it down if the river reaches a gauge level of 45.5 feet (13.9 meters) in nearby Brownville. That river level means water is nearing the top of the levee that protects the plant.The National Weather Service predicts the river will reach that level around 1 a.m. Saturday. If that happens, the fuel rods will be pulled so no heat is generated to make steam that drives the turbines, halting power generation at the plant, according to Nebraska Public Power District spokesman Mark Becker.