Distinguishing Between Natural Drought And Man-Made Drought

“We continue to run California as if the longest drought we are ever going to encounter is about seven years,” said Scott Stine, a professor of geography and environmental studies at Cal State East Bay. “We’re living in a dream world.”

Drought is the normal climate of the western US.  That is why the west is a desert. There have been 200 year long droughts in the past.

California drought: Past dry periods have lasted more than 200 years, scientists say – The Mercury News

Severe Ancient Droughts: A Warning to California – The New York Times

But never mind data, facts, science and history. Climate scientists have to keep the funding coming in.

California Drought Is Made Worse by Global Warming, Scientists Say – The New York Times

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12 Responses to Distinguishing Between Natural Drought And Man-Made Drought

  1. Disillusioned says:

    “most likely” and “almost certain”: Two of the kinds of weasel words they use that never make the headline.

    Since all their predictions have failed, I’m almost certain that they’re most likely wrong.

    • Gator says:

      Just drop the error bars, like any good and enlightened alarmist.

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Let’s provide a bit more certainty to the readership and describe the findings in proper scientific language.

      The coverage of global warming is broadly consistent with the hypothesis of a catastrophic outbreak of media idiocy and the above article adds to the robust evidence.

      The science is settled.

  2. GW says:

    You know what I find interesting about the chart, is that as the medieval warm period was beginning, so does the long drought period. And the drought period lasts throughout the MWP, and appears to end as the LIA begins. Then, the wetter period lasts throughout the LIA, and a significant drought “blip” appears just as the LIA is officially declared to end around 1850. Since the MWP was warmer than the present, we can’t quite say we’re in a new “warm period” but rather that were in a transition phase between a true, MWP-like, period and another LIA.

    It sure looks like a long-term cycle ! Of course, the chart only shows one iteration of what looks like a cycle; so without extending the chart back to at least the Roman Warm period and the following Dark Ages cool period, we can not say with authority that the correlation is clear, but it sure does look interesting !

    Just sayin……

  3. Anon says:

    Great title Tony! Make a universal point about the difference between Man Made vs Natural Disasters in general. What is really the difference?

    1] The eruption of Vesuvius that buried the Roman town of Pompeii. Man Made or Natural Disaster?

    2] Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans. Man Made or Natural Disaster? (population location and insufficient levees)

    3] Drought in Capetown South Africa. Man Made or Natural Disaster? (population size and growth of Cape Town).

    4] Titanic Sinks after Hitting Ice Berg?

    4] Vesuvius size volcanic eruption on Venus. What do you call that?

    Something to think about in general, how does our point of view and bias play into how we label things.

    • gregole says:

      You’ve got questions; I’ve got (typical lunatic warmunist) answers:
      1. M@nn-Made – Vesuvius erupted during the Roman Warm Period; and clearly M@nnKind is responsible and totally controls the weather. M@nn = Heat = Bad. Vesuvius = Bad. M@nn = Bad.
      2. M@nn-Made and I cite High Priest of Warmunism, Al Gore – https://www.ihatethemedia.com/al-gore-laughingstock-a-look-back-at-his-hurricane-predictions
      3. Drought is all M@nn-Made by definition, since CO2, especially the MannMade Kind, controls all climate and weather.
      4. Titanic hit an iceberg that was dislodged by M@nn-Made CO2. Mankind guilty as charged.
      5. Venus volcanoes? Definitely could be related to M@nn-Made CO2 – but this is a lot more serious than you may think: http://wmbriggs.com/post/4242/

      I hope this clears things up.

  4. gregole says:

    Nuclear powered desalination plants. Big pumping stations; pipelines.
    Easy peasey.

    American west could be a Garden-of-Eden. Even with the unimaginative, ignorant dullards (and the occasional swivel-eyed lunatics like Brown…) we have in charge out here; it’s still pretty darn nice out west.

    And the words getting out: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2017/03/23/census-bureau-maricopa-county-fastest-growing-country/99536596/

  5. Bob Hoye says:

    BC has a number of good-sized rivers flowing lovely clear water into the ocean.
    Set up a station upstream to secure tankers, fill them up and send them to the ports of Southern California.
    Why not?
    Left Coast Canadians would freak out about sending fresh water to “Americans”.
    Southern Californians don’t really want to solve the problem.
    Steady anxiety with outstandingly hysterical peaks is the lifestyle.

  6. frederik wisse says:

    How important are we living our life here on earth ? Indeed some people are by giving our society more than they take for themselves . Is this sacrifice ? Generally speaking no , since their endeavour made their life more worth living , however only true when circumstances beyond us are not too much against us . To aggerate our own importance
    has brought us so much misery in the past and is still bringing us a pretext for messing up other peoples lifes , the examples are numerous and right before our eyes . Only humbleness and loving care may overcome our basic human sin

  7. AndyDC says:

    The droughts and heat in the US during the 1930’s makes this year’s rather localized droughts look trivial by comparison. How do the alarmists use global warming to explain that?

  8. This makes better sense than most…

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