There are so many things wrong with article, it is difficult to know where to start. Drought is actually affecting an unusually small portion of the US right now, and it is localized in the Pacific Northwest. This has been the wettest year on record in the US.
Compare with October, 1934.
Then the author quotes the Arizona State Climatologist disputing everything she said about extreme weather and drought, but implies that she agrees with him.
Dr. Nancy Selover, the state climatologist for Arizona, said there is good science supporting the public’s belief in global warming.
That isn’t what she said at all. She said the exact opposite.
“we’re not necessarily seeing evidence of extreme events …. drought is not a good indicator of global warming.”
Droughts are becoming less severe and less frequent in the US
If they still made Americans read Steinbeck in high school, 70% of the population wouldn’t be so ignorant.
Drought relief has been falling heavily in the Pacific NW (primarily west of the Cascade Mountains crest) this weekend. Snow is forecast for the Olympics and Cascades for the remainder of the weekend. One SNOTEL sensor site east of Tacoma, WA, had 6.4″ of rain in the 24 hour period ending 7:00 pm PDT Oct. 31. My backyard rain gauge (15 miles SE of Seattle) had 2.5″ in the roughly the same period. Numerous rivers Western WA, such as the Skokomish, Puyallup, Snoqualmie, Skykomish, Snohomish and Stillaguamish, are in flood stage.
See posts for 10/30 and 10/31.
Our schools and universities are turning out a generation of pansified kittens:
cheat grass has been increasing its spread across the US into Canada . It has been especially rampant in the last 20 years.
Cheatgrass does not grow in dry conditions!!