As has been the case forever, major infrequent storm events such as tropical monsoons, hurricanes and typhoons serve as the world's water table and replenishment spigot. In the past century it has become common that all to many tend to think in terms of short term averages and then declare doom and gloom when the short term average is not met, i.e. not enough water for lawns, shrubs and golf courses.
As Patricia works her way across the Gulf Coast and inland, natures replenishing rains overfill man's structures and cause new calamities. Managing nature is not possible, living within it's bounds is, but not easily. So I for one feel good about the huge rainfall Patricia has brought in its 3000 mile path through Mexico and the US. But I am on high ground and with no recent rains.
As usual, the "look at man has wrought" criers have laid Patricia's rightful path of destruction (while ignoring the needed water) right in the lap of US politicians as another grant, study and vote or two. Once again the culprit will be big oil, nuclear power, coal fired power plants and cow farts. Electric cars anyone (shh, fueled by coal or nuclear maybe) ?