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California Drought 2014: Global Warming To Blame For Dry Weather?

California Drought 2014: Global Warming Causing Dry Weather

The California drought in 2013 was considered a historically dry year. But is global warming to blame, and will conditions only worsen in 2014?

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, NASA claimed severe Amazon rain forest droughts were due to global warming.

The CA Department of Water Resources quite bluntly blames the California drought on global warming:

“Climate change is having a profound impact on California water resources, as evidenced by changes in snowpack, sea level, and river flows. These changes are expected to continue in the future and more of our precipitation will likely fall as rain instead of snow. This potential change in weather patterns will exacerbate flood risks and add additional challenges for water supply reliability…. Climate change is also expected to result in more variable weather patterns throughout California. More variability can lead to longer and more severe droughts.”

But the science of studying climate change has been highly politicized over the years, and many people don’t agree on what conclusions to make. In fact, in addition to the California drought, the 2012 US drought was studied by meteorologists, and while it was the worst America has seen in 70 years, they’ve concluded global warming had nothing to do with it:

“This is one of those events that comes along once every couple hundreds of years. Climate change was not a significant part, if any, of the event.”

But some scientists disagreed, saying the report didn’t account for a lack of snowfall in the Rockies the previous winter.

In a similar fashion, scientists have submitted differing conclusions when it comes to the global warming controversy. For example, back in 2009, one study claimed the California droughts coincided with the thawing of ice caps in the Arctic:

“If there is a connection to Arctic sea ice then there are big implications for us in California.”

Years later, this observation seems ironic since fairly recent headlines mention global cooling, and how Arctic ice has increased by 29 percent from 2012 to 2013 despite some 2007 reports claiming the Arctic would be ice-free by the summer of 2013. Yet, at the same time, the California drought is at its worse. So, it would seem the scientific evidence has ruled out that particular hypothesis.

In addition, the latest data shows Antarctic sea ice is more than two standard deviations above normal. The rescue of the stranded Antarctica ship was derided as being a case of “global warming alarmists” being wrong since their ship was stuck because of the thickening ice conditions:

“Somewhere far, far to the south where it is summer, a group of global warming scientists are trapped in the Antarctic ice. If you missed the irony of that situation, it is because much of the mainstream media has glossed over that rather inconvenient bit of hilarity.”

Claims of a global warming hoax have spread since the latest UN IPCC report on climate change. Recorded world temperatures have increased at only a quarter of the rate of IPCC claimed when it published its last assessment in 2007.

Computer models also forecast a decline in Antarctic sea ice, but as already mentioned, instead it’s actually grown to a new record high. The 2007 report predicted hurricanes would become more intense due to global warming, but 2013 has been one of the quietest hurricane seasons in history. The United States has been enjoying almost eight years of Category 3 or higher hurricanes not making landfall.

Despite the IPCC making wrong predictions, the short of it is that global warming is theorized on the basis of a global average of temperature readings that are adjusted based upon statistical methods. So it’s very possible for one area of the world to be cooling while another area is warming up. This global average has fluctuated for about 15 years with only a very small discernible upward trend, although many scientists claim this “cooling trend” is short term despite previous predictions based upon climate change models claiming we’d see a gradual upswing as CO2 levels increased worldwide.

So, at this point, you can see why there’s some doubt over what exactly is causing the California drought in 2014. Fracking has always been a political hot potato, so it’s also blamed by some (fracking is also responsible for the United States becoming the largest oil exporter in the world, larger than Saudia Arabia), but in general, climate change is still the favorite target of climatologists. Unfortunately, their 2014 predictions also say it will only get worse:

“But the climatologist said that, along with the effects of global climate change, which will likely make California even drier, we are in the midst of a more conventional 20- to 30-year drought in the West.”

Do you think the California drought in 2014 can be blamed on global warming? Or do you think climate change science still needs some work?

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16 Responses to “California Drought 2014: Global Warming To Blame For Dry Weather?”

  1. Rob Salamida

    Upstate NY has had two major floods in the past 8 years. They surpassed the 100 year flood projection. It's 9 degrees out on Jan 2, and it's been very cold the past several weeks. Maybe the scientist should call it "partial global warming. Climate changes are a natural occurrence except when profiteers figure out a way to con the public for private reward. We've wasted billions of dollars on gimmicks that promise to thwart global warming…same people who predicted the devastating effect of Y2K.

  2. William Wipperdink

    the human race is too stupid to understand global warming
    the people I have tried to explain things to are too stupid to understand
    and even if the human race did understand they would be too greedy and selfish to do anything

  3. William Wipperdink

    more accurate is: the love of money is the root of all evil

  4. William Wipperdink

    global warming is things like weather pattern changes
    ice caps melting
    THEY ARE NOT AT HIGH LEVELS !!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. William Wipperdink

    that story on the ice caps increasing is BS
    they are manipulating the facts
    a 6 inch sheet of ice is not the same thing as a 150 foot thick ice shelf !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Matt Quiroz

    There's hope there be rain in ca it was hot before in normal ways ca is warm hot cold state there was wildfires before forests always recover idk wat moron think forests don't grow back nature aways recovers cilmate change global warmin has nothing to do with this by 2050 2100 weather gunna be the same cold and hot

  7. James van Scoyoc

    How can climate change not be causing the lack of rain? You have a given amount of humidity in the air, and it won't turn into rain unless the temperature falls below the dew point. A couple of degrees warmer and we don't get the rain.

  8. Wayne Baird

    Why aren't we talking desalinization plants? For the $25 billion Brown is proposing for the Delta pipeline project, we could build several desalinization plants along the California coast. With desalinization plants we could have all the fresh water we want for the central valley and for the southern part of the state. We need to get our heads out of our butts and get working on desalinization plants NOW before we run dry.

  9. Mark Willis

    "But the science of studying climate change has been highly politicized over the years, and many people don’t agree on what conclusions to make."

    This is completely false. The SCIENCE of studying climate change isn't in the smallest iota "politicized". The scientists are trying there best to figure out answers and then report them to the public. It's the REACTION to the "unwelcome" answers the scientists find that are HIGHLY politicized. Various trillion dollar industries have billions in continuing profits at stake, and have a vested (if sociopathic) interest in sowing confusion and misinformation about what the scientists know, among the public. They do this through many denialist websites, industry think tanks, Fox "news" and quite likely many of the misleading individual comments you see after articles like these.

  10. Mark Willis

    "But the science of studying climate change has been highly politicized over the years, and many people don’t agree on what conclusions to make."

    This is completely false. The SCIENCE of studying climate change isn't in the smallest iota "politicized". The scientists are trying there best to figure out answers and then report them to the public. It's the REACTION to the "unwelcome" answers the scientists find that are HIGHLY politicized. Various trillion dollar industries have billions in continuing profits at stake, and have a vested (if sociopathic) interest in sowing confusion and misinformation about what the scientists know, among the public. They do this through many denialist websites, industry think tanks, Fox "news" and quite likely many of the misleading individual comments you see after articles like these.

  11. Anonymous

    Desalinization wouldn't reduce radioactive ions from Japan. It might work for residential or mickey, but not for agricultures that need lots of water long term.

  12. Dean Harris

    More green commie lies by the enviros to support their cap and trade and more government control pushed by the one world order dudes, bilderbergs, tri-lateral commission, council of foreign affairs, united commie nations (agenda 21, info: FreedomAdvocates, democratsagainstunagenda21)