US Permanent Drought Update

Two thirds of the US has had above normal precipitation over the last three years, including nearly half of California.

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Thirty years ago, James Hansen predicted a huge increase in drought, and said that droughts hardly ever happened in the 1950’s.


The 1950’s had the most persistent droughts on record, with the US in drought about 50% of the time, not 5% as Hansen claimed. Since then, and particularly since Hansen’s 1988 forecast, the US has been getting and wetter and droughts have become much less frequent. Hansen not only failed to predict the future, but he didn’t know anything about the past either.

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32 Responses to US Permanent Drought Update

  1. Steven Fraser says:

    DFW rainfall this year is #3 since records started, with three record months.

  2. R Shearer says:

    Skiing is off to a great start in Colorado with several areas opening early and Loveland reporting their most early season snow ever (began 1936).

  3. griff says:

    seems to me if you take out the high snoe fall over the mountains, then California id pretty much still in serious drought.

    and on fire.

    I think there’s a connection – climate change.

    Paradise is burning: what bigger sign do you need?

    • Gator says:

      In science, we do not look for “signs”, we look for evidence. Your religion is showing Ms Griff.

      Why do you hate poor brown people?

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Man-made global warming obviously lodged itself in western North America.

    • Bob Hoye says:

      What you seem to be saying is that the desert regions in California are still displaying symptoms of a, well, desert.
      And how long has it been a desert?
      It changes from time to time.
      For example during the last ice age, cedars could not exist on the West Coast of BC. Too cold, even in the refugia areas
      They had moved south to California.
      Then on the most recent but now late interglacial they moved back to BC.
      Of course, they will eventually move south again.

    • Mr GrimNasty says:

      Yer Griff, if you ignore the normal primary supply of fresh water – snowpack, and ‘normal’ California weather, and falsely claim fires are ‘climate change’…….


    • Robert Austin says:

      You made the effort to research the history of drought in California rather than immediately responding with your usual knee-jerk response of must be “climate change”(short for man made climate change). Tony has made numerous postings on historical droughts in California. The historical data show these droughts to be natural so what evidence do you have to label the latest alleged drought as man-made?

      • griff says:

        I looked, I checked… and there’s a change.

        you can’t keep the pretense that it isn’t happening, given the continued scale and change of fires etc

        • spike55 says:

          You can’t keep DENYING CLIMATE history griffool. !!

          Fires are FAR less than in the 1930s

          Stop your constant IGNORANCE and CLIMATE DENIAL, griffool

    • Windsong says:

      Long droughts and extreme weather swings in California are the norm, not the exception. Research indicates the current (over)development in California coincides with the wettest period in the last 7,000 years. How would a 240 year drought work out? Or an ARKstorm? In the meantime, Butte County, CA, can’t catch a break. Heavy precipitation just two winters ago filled reservoirs above safe levels, leading to massive water releases and subsequent damage at the Oroville Dam.
      Video linked was produced by the USGS in 2011.

    • spike55 says:

      Yet another griffool post based on IGNORANCE and DENIAL of climate history.

    • Robertv says:

      How can there be Paradise in progressive California?

      It is not about climate it is about the stupidity of living inside a pine forest . It’s not IF it could happen but WHEN it would happen.

    • Rah says:

      Your ignorance is showing Griff. Again!

    • sunsettommy says:


      Two problems you manage to miss,

      First: They build homes INSIDE a Pine forest.

      Second: California drought is mostly confined to SOUTHERN end of the state, the North is mainly above average for the last 3 years:

      • griff says:

        all those big red and orange splotches… not a drought ? you are running out of excuses… all these fires only due to people building in the wrong place? I don’t think so

        • spike55 says:

          OMG you really are a MORONICALLY IGNORANT griffool.

          Most of the US is NOT in drought

          Droughts are common in the area affected., often far worse than now.

          Why do you continue to choose to be so IGNORANT about simple climate history, griffool??

          Why your continual CLIMATE DENIAL?

  4. AndyDC says:

    California always has and always will be prone to drought. But what alarmists conveniently ignore is that the all important Corn Belt has been far LESS prone to drought in recent years. That is not at all what the alarmists had predicted!

  5. Bob Hoye says:

    This is off thread, but I want to post it before I forget it.
    There seems to be rule developing for lost ballots boxes.
    When found, 97% of them will be for the Democrat candidate.

  6. Rosco says:

    If Hansen was right then how does he explain –

    “The stilling: global wind speeds slowing since 1960.”

    Oh wait – there physicists not climatologists !

  7. Michael Spencer says:

    And, what do you know? Only today another “prediction” from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology that this forthcoming (Australian) summer will be “the hottest & driest” – blah, blah – so we’ll see won’t we?

    As one who has lived “on the land”, and from the inland; and in view of Tony’s superb research, it will not come as any surprise when the normal seasonal weather pattern prevails!

    And then, so much for Griff’s alarmist prognostications! (We have the “Californian” problem here, with people stupidly insisting on building right in the middle of bushfire-prone forest!)

  8. griff says:

    210 days since significant rainfall where one of the fires is raging, the radio just told me (I didn’t catch which one). That’s a drought and of course climate is driving this drought…

    • Robertv says:

      That’s the reason Hollywood stars want to live there. They are on the Global Warming bandwagon but live in one of the driest and warmest places in the US, voluntarily. They hate the cold and rain but love outdoor swimming pools..

    • Michael Spencer says:

      Griff: droughts come & droughts go. Australia ?? is an absolutely classic example of that. In one of his blog posts Tony dredged up a very old Australian newspaper report showing the history of this since the arrival of the First Fleet at what is now Sydney in 1788. And guess what? Drought, flood. drought, flood, etc. over the years. And what’s changed? NOTHING!

      It’s got nothing to do with CO2 levels – there weren’t any ? SUVs back then; at least I’m more than somewhat sure the Aborigines weren’t driving any! (Of course Griff might be able to find an “expert” to prove me wrong ……)

      Over to you Griff!

    • spike55 says:

      A short drought., happened many times before in that region.

      Griffool is always a DENIER of climate history.

      Or just chooses to be plain IGNORANT. … about everything.!!

    • David A says:

      So Griff, in the last 1000 years California has had two droughts that lasted over a century. Did humans cause those?

      • Jason Calley says:

        Yes. More specifically, it was straight white european male islamophobic sexist neo-confederate anti-nativist capitalist racist homophobic linear thinking running dogs of Wall Street hate mongers. With time machines. And then they all smoked cigars and laughed… ha ha ha ha ha! at all the destruction they had caused.

    • Robertv says:

      Albert Hammond – It Never Rains In Southern California (1973)

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