California Drought 2014: Global Warming To Blame For 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?