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Monday, February 13, 2017

Global Warming Affirmers vs The California Drought

Here is a copy of the US Drought Monitor report in regards to the drought conditions in California, and the rest of the west, approximately one year ago.  As you can clearly see, California was in big trouble.  If I had reproduced this map for several years prior to this one a very similar picture would be seen.  The drought in California had lasted for about five years.
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/pngs/20160209/20160209_west_date.png

Droughts are common throughout the world.  No place is immune from drought conditions.  My home state of Colorado experienced a terrible drought in 2005-2006.  I remember hiking above timberline during those summers on tundra that crumbled beneath my feet.  Yes, I was hiking off trail on tundra.  Sue me.  I remember streams that literally dried up.  I promised myself that I would never complain about rain again after experiencing the shockingly depressing conditions that come about as the result of a drought.  Water brings life. Drought brings death.
The drought in California happened at the same time as religious global warming affirmers, as opposed to deniers like myself, were becoming more shrill in their cry for massive government spending on programs they would operate and populate in a vain attempt to combat the non-existent warming trend.  Here are some of the headlines from those dry and depressing days in California:
  • Thanks El NiƱo, But California’s Drought Is Probably Forever, found here.  The story went on to say, "Drought is a tricky thing to define. It is not just a matter of how little water falls out of the sky. If it were, you would be forgiven for believing that California’s wettish winter had ended, or even alleviated, the worst drought in state history. But no. Despite the snow in the Sierra Nevada, the water filling Lake Shasta, and the rapids in the Kern River, California is still in a state of drought. For now, maybe forever."
  • A Wet Year Won’t Beat California’s Never-Ending Drought, found here.
  • California Braces for Unending Drought, found here.  The story went on to say, "With California entering its fifth year of a statewide drought, Gov. Jerry Brown moved on Monday to impose permanent water conservation measures and called on water suppliers to prepare for a future made drier by climate change."
  • There's No End in Sight for California's Megadrought, found here.  The story went on to say, "California's chief snow surveyor ventured into the Sierras this week to see how much water the state can expect from the spring melt—and he came back with very bad news. The devastating drought that the state's been dealing with the past few months will continue to devastate for the foreseeable future."
  • Long-suffering California can blame drought on global warming, experts say, found here.  The article went on to say, "Latest report finds climate change intensified the drought in California from 2012 to 2014 and predicts ‘enhanced drought’ throughout 21st century."
  • Climate Change Impacts California Drought, experts say, found here.  The story went on to say (this is my favorite), "El Nino is simply a warming in the Pacific Ocean that impacts weather across the United States, but even more specifically in California. It’s estimated that the 2015 El Nino will bring more rain to the state, but experts don’t know if it will be enough. This year’s El Nino is thought to be the direct result of global warming and climate change....In other words, although the rainfall from El Nino may bring additional rainfall throughout California, it likely won’t be enough to get the state out of its severe drought status."
Now let's consider some facts.   Here is today's US Drought Monitor Report for California and the west:


http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/data/pngs/20170207/20170207_west_date.png
The drought in California is over.  "Precipitation over California in the water year so far (October 1 to January 31) is 178% of average for this date. The snowpack is 179% of average, as of Feb 8. Our reservoirs are at 125% of average capacity. (Story found here)
I only have one question.  Why do hysterical global warming affirmers continue to persist in their belief about the California drought when all of the scientific evidence proves their beloved "permanent" drought has ended?  Is it possible their religious presuppositions about global warming are influencing their conclusions?  Oops, that was a second question.  Sorry about that.  Hypocrisy is accusing someone else of doing something that you routinely practice.  Global warming affirmers are hypocrites.

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