Permanent Drought Update

Ten days of rain in a row in Boulder, and lots of snow in the mountains.

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10 Responses to Permanent Drought Update

  1. John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia says:

    That’s inconvenient.

  2. Neckbeard93 says:

    Here’s the latest claim, courtesy of Weather Underground: “A Dramatic Increase in Annual Average Temperatures for U.S. Cities This Decade”

    “For the locations in the contiguous U.S. examined in this study, the past six years (POR 2011-2016) have seen average annual temperatures that are 1.2°F above the current 30-year climatological average used by NOAA”

    Is this cherry picking a trend from a local minimum, bad data, or some combination in between?

    Article Link:

    • Mike D says:

      I was recently on an international plane flight and one of the TV shows available was a video of a woman doing a short island hopping tour via ferries in the Philippines. In the video she mentions the rapid population growth of the Philippines at one point. Later, she talks to a fisherman and he says there are much fewer fish than before, and also to a cook on one of the ferries who fishes off them during downtime. He of course also says he catches fewer fish than he used to.

      So she brings up the issue of “climate change” as explanation for the lower fish populations. Which completely ignores the rapid growth in human population she had previously mentioned. Seems to have been 17% in the last 10 years, or 15 million more people. I’m pretty sure 15 million more people means a lot more fishing in those 10 years.

      So, I’m pretty skeptical about temperatures in cities indicating anything by assuming nothing has changed. That site mentions the urban heat island effect, it kinda blows it off. In reality, city density has greatly increased, as has the sprawl around those cities. I happen to be living in the house I grew up in, and my parents had expanded the driveway sideways to fit another car. The direct neighbor to the north paved most of their back yard around their pool, as well as expanding their driveway. Across the street paved almost their entire yard to fit extra cars because they added a second story to their new garage and they rent out both the old garage (renovated) and space above the new one. To the south, the house is about double the size it originally was and almost their whole entire front yard is also paved to fit 3 cars, not including the garage. Though only one person lives there now. Several other houses were completely redone to double the size and usually they brick and pave the front yards with that. All these houses have large back yards so the front can go towards multiple cars.

      There used to be a ranch that had chickens, horses, and some other animals about 10 minutes walk up the street. But there are now 3 houses on that property. 5 minutes further up used to be the hill that starts a mountain range. During the real estate boom less than 10 years ago, million dollar, densely packed houses sprang up all along the hill. It is several tracts wide. So it is now about a 10 minute drive to reach the hill versus a 15 minute walk. That doesn’t even include what has happened in the areas between here and the city center. Everything has gone vertical and more paved. Yet, absolutely no consideration will be given to all those extra heat generating vehicles, people, dwelling, etc.

    • Steven Fraser says:

      A decade with el ninos and UHI, compared with a baseline period that begins at the very end of a 30 year cooling period? Yes, cherry pick.

  3. Arn says:

    I’m pretty sure this photo is fake as there are no “save-the-climate” protesters :)

  4. Steven Fraser says:

    More snow today. Off the top of the scale…

  5. Does drought matter when sea level will rise to the top of Mt Ararat?

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