The Permanent California Drought

“Climate Change is real. California Republicans believe it and are working to address it.”

– John Kasich and Arnold Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger, Kasich join forces with new California group that wants to change the state GOP – TheBlaze

Five years ago the New York Times and Governor Jerry Brown announced the California Permanent Drought.

California Braces for Unending Drought – The New York Times

Thanks El Niño, But California’s Drought Is Probably Forever | WIRED

A few months later, California was deal with historic flooding.

NWS: Northern California now on pace for ‘wettest water year on record’ – SFGate

There has been no trend in California precipitation over the last 125 years.

Climate at a Glance | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

Long term, droughts have become much less common and severe.

Graphic: California’s droughts in the past 1,200 years – The Mercury News

Ancient Trees Reflect Century-Long Droughts : Environment: Analysis of stumps’ rings shows that dry spells can last far longer than the state has estimated, expert says. – latimes

Thirty years ago, the New York Times knew that the 20th century was unusually wet in California, and that the Medieval Warm Period was global.

“Lisa J. Graumlich, who examines the ring patterns of foxtail pine trees and western junipers in the Sierra Nevada, has compiled a detailed record of the year-to-year variation in temperature and precipitation over the last thousand years.

She has seen in the North American trees the feathery but unmistakable signatures of the Medieval Warm Period, a era from 1100 to 1375 A.D. when, according to European writers of the time and other sources, the climate was so balmy that wine grapes flourished in Britain and the Vikings farmed the now-frozen expanse of Greenland; and the Little Ice Age, a stretch of abnormally frigid weather lasting roughly from 1450 to 1850. A Crucial Question

“We can now see that these were global climate phenomena, not regional temperature variations,” she said. “The question is, how did we get those warmer temperatures during pre-industrial times, and what can we learn from those conditions about what is going on today?”

Western landscapes in presettlement era were very smoky places.

Warming? Tree Rings Say Not Yet – The New York Times

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

Sixty years ago, the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics almost had to be cancelled because of a lack of snow.

09 Feb 1960, Page 1 – The Berkshire Eagle at Newspapers.com

And in 1932, the Lake Placid Winter Olympics almost had to be cancelled because of a lack of snow.

16 Jan 1932, Page 1 – The Los Angeles Times 

But no shortage of snow now – we are expecting another couple of feet here in Cheyenne, Wyoming this week.

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6 Responses to The Permanent California Drought

  1. toorightmate says:

    Tony,
    Your last sentence about snow in Cheyenne is obviously incorrect.
    BECAUSE that wisest of wise men, Al Gore, told us many years ago that snow would cease to occur about a decade ago.
    So you and your snow shovel are imagining things.

  2. arn says:

    The fascism behind all the dogooder nonsense
    was so well known to the public 4 decades ago
    that even the punks(who aren’t even close to the political middle and for sure not the right)knew about their real political intentions
    and wrote the song California Über Alles in 1981.

    A song explicitly about Jerry Brown and the policies of californias Paul Ehrlich. A guy who is so obsessesed to save humanity that
    he keeps using the same life saving policies,tactics and arguements of the global cooling era for the global warming nonsense.

  3. Mac says:

    Now that Republicans like Schwarzenegger and Kasich are “embracing” the climate change cult/religion as fervently as Democrats, I’d like to ask both of these guys what the difference is between them and Democrats. What exactly would they say that shows they’re different? Old-guard Republicans like these two are every bit as globalist, woke, hysterical, and corporatist as any radical Democrat. Ironically, they’re trying to get more support for the Republicans by morphing into Democrats.

  4. czechlist says:

    When is California going to rename Squaw Valley?
    May I suggest “That Depression of Indigenous Womxyn”? Or,perhaps ” Gavin’s Gulch”?

  5. Theyouk says:

    You neglected to mention the real reason people are leaving California (not due to taxes, homelessness, rampant drug use, excess regulation, traffic, etc.)–the rapidly rising seas.

    As is shown/validated here (https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/sltrends_station.shtml?id=9414750), the Bay Area is on track to being completely underwater by 2100 due to an anticipated 2.7 inches–yes, inches–of incremental rise. Terrifying, and likely thousands are already dying every day under the inundation.

    The other flood risk–potentially affecting the whole country–comes from an unprecedented level of hyperbole and intellectual conformity (as shown by your Twitter buddy G.K.).

    The second risk is certainly more viable than the first.

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