Will We Survive The Imaginary Drought Of 2016?

Experts predicted a severe drought in the corn belt this summer.

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The corn belt is much wetter than normal, and none of it is experiencing drought.


Historical Palmer Drought Indices | Temperature, Precipitation, and Drought | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

The past two years has been much wetter than normal across the corn belt.


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Undaunted by facts, reality or any need for veracity, the Democratic National Convention and Sigourney Weaver told the world that Texas and Kansas are experiencing a horrific drought, with hundreds of people from Texas and Kansas sitting in the room.

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27 Responses to Will We Survive The Imaginary Drought Of 2016?

  1. pseudo-intellectual says:

    When will they ever learn… Just a week or two ago Weather.com was bemoaning the “drought” in the Northeast.

    • RAH says:

      They won’t learn. Equating weather and weather events with climate and out right lies in altering the records and reporting things like it being too hot in Rio are all they’ve got! It is a toss up as to if the satellite records will show 2016 being the warmest during the satellite record but no matter if the record is broken or not the fact is that most of the warming is over the poles during the winter and that skews the whole record towards being warmer. As for the land global surface record? It’s useless because of lack of stations reporting. It would be interesting if come the end of each year or when the annual data is in, Tony would post the data from each of the Satellite, Radiosonde (weather balloon), and surface temperature sets together for direct comparison.

      • CheshireRed says:

        ‘….the fact is that most of the warming is over the poles during the winter.’

        Is that right? I’ve noticed Tony has covered estimated warming at the poles many times. How convenient that there’s ‘warming’ where there’s no thermometers and nobody to counter the claims. Effectively it becomes a shot to nothing for the climate cartel.

        • RAH says:

          Satellites show it. But a degree or two C of warming in the winter at the poles has little actual effect on the climate of the rest of the planet. However it may help with there being more snow that at Antarctica and places like Greenland then turns to ice increasing the mass balance.

        • RAH says:

          Guess you don’t pay much attention to Joe Bastardi and Weatherbell.

          During his Saturday Summaries he often gets into climate issues. Here is the latest one:
          He gets into the Arctic at about the 9:30 mark.

        • Ktm says:

          And the heat hiding at the bottom of the oceans.

          The historical ocean surface temperature record was already sparse, especially in the southern hemisphere. But that wasn’t good enough so they had to go to the bottom of the ocean where there is even less historical data to contradict their assertions.

  2. RAH says:

    I don’t believe what the Palmer drought index map shows for the northern 2/3 of Indiana for a minute. Though July and the first week of August was dry, we have been wetter than normal all during the spring and summer this year.

  3. gator69 says:

    Palmer Drought Index (illustrated)

  4. Billyjack says:

    Since few of these celebrities have ever had an independent intelligent educated thought in their life, I just wish they would have running credits after their diatribes so we could see who wrote the script.

    • Ktm says:

      Melania trump was raked over the coals because the writer of her speech lifted a few lines from Michelle Obama.

      When will the person who fed these lies to Sigourney weaver be asked to resign?

  5. R. Shearer says:

    Only a couple of days ago, USDA forecasted record corn and soybean crops for 2016 (bringing prices down). http://deltafarmpress.com/cotton/usda-corn-soybean-production-forecast-set-records-2016

    • Gail Combs says:

      I am in mid North Carolina.
      We had a day or two of wilted grass this year. The clover, thanks to several days in the mid-nineties the last two weeks of July went crispy critter and the bermuda grass took over. The last few years the clover lasted all season because the temps were below mid-nineties and it was wet.

      So far this month we had four days of 90F or above with the high of 92.

      It sure has been a mild few years compared to 2004. In 2004 we had 24 days over 90F (7 days @ 98F) in July and seven days over 90F by Aug 14 with 5 days @ 93F, 1 day @ 95F and 1day @ 98F.

      So far we have had ONE day when it hit 98F in 2016.
      In 2004 it hit 98 on 11 days by Aug 14.
      May – 2 days @ 98F
      June – 1 day @ 98F
      July – 7 days @ 98F
      to Aug 14 – 1 day @ 98F

    • Ernest Bush says:

      Ditto on wheat production.

  6. RAH says:

    Living in Indiana and having driven through about every state in the corn belt over the last couple months it sure looks great. Bean and corn fields are lush and full. Many fields around here had corn stalks 8′ high by the 2nd week of July. After a dry spell in July and the first week of August we’re wet again though I suspect it’s a little late in the growing cycle to help that much with yield.

    • R. Shearer says:

      There must be a lot of jolly giants strolling around. My dad used to say, knee high by the 4th of July.”

      • RAH says:

        And that was the way it was but that changed many years ago. Healthy corn in most of the belt is waist high or higher by the 4th now days and it’s planted so closely together that you can’t walk between corn rows without knocking down plants like I did as a kid.

  7. Latitude says:

    What in this world is a flash drought?

  8. kenny says:

    Been traveling through Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa-corn and beans look fantastic, but I’m not sure if those states are significant producers of those commodities.

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  10. Andy DC says:

    That outrageous DNC climate change video, showing all the dead cattle in Texas and Kansas. Are we sure that was not from the 1936 convention? It certainly could have not been from the 2016 convention!

  11. Ernest Bush says:

    My beef with the Palmer Drought Index is it shows all these nasty brown colors for the Desert Southwest. We are not in any abnormal drought condition, except maybe in Southern California. In fact, the desert has been looking almost abnormally green as I have been traveling around the last few years. I think a reporting problem is created by a sparsity of rain gauges, here. Most of the rain occurs as local showers and thunderstorms, which have a habit of bypassing the hotter small cities. Sometimes a small storm cell will circulate around for hours, watering a large area. I’ve seen microbursts dump inches of water suddenly causing washes to flood and close highways for a time. None of these will hit a rain gauge.

    • gregole says:


      Living in Arizona and traveling about in the state, I have noticed the same thing Ernest. I was just overnighting it at Petroglyph west of Gila Bend last Friday night to watch the meteor showers and while hiking around in a dry stream bed I noticed the dirt and sand was weird and soft; so I kicked some of it up and it was wet a few inches down! It had been monsoon raining a couple of days before and the top soil was dried out from the heat but just below surface was damp. I think we have only a very rudimentary understanding of the remote desert lands and the quantity and effects of these sporadic downpours.

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