When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in a rather contemptuous tone, “it means exactly what I choose to use it – neither more nor less.
— Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking Glass
From the emphasis on the video transcript, mine:
Um, you know, we’re throwing around these um-terms like a thousand years event and it sounds like, okay, it was just really bad luck, that’s not what it means.
When we say this was a millennial event, we mean it we shouldn’t have seen it if we had lived a thousand years.
Um Methuselah of biblical fame shouldn’t have witnessed an event of this nature, um, the only reason we’re witnessing it is it is no longer a millennial event, it may be a five or ten year event…
Hanging thunderstorms are not uncommon. How long will we have the technology to measure such a localized amount of precipitation, maybe 200 years? How long do we have granular coverage, 100 years? Radar, 50 years?
I’ll leave readers to further discuss the idiocy of Mann’s quote above.
I live in Fort Lauderdale, by the way. It rained a lot.