The Sir Francis Drake Drought

Scientific American apparently believes we didn’t used to have droughts before oil companies, and that droughts should be named after them.

Let’s Start Naming Climate-Related Disasters for Polluters and Their Enablers – Scientific American

I propose the Sir Francis Drake Drought.

The Lost Colony and Jamestown Droughts | Science

Researchers Find Evidence Of 16th Century Epic Drought Over North America — ScienceDaily

And we also need an Anasazi Drought.

“Mega droughts have been verified by science. Carbon dating combined with dendrochronology — the study of tree rings — has determined the Southwest suffered from 14 mega droughts punctured sometimes with a couple years of normal precipitation spanning from 50 to 100 years stretching from 800 to 1600 AD.”

Mega drought: As goes Anasazi civilization, so goes California? – Turlock Journal

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

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8 Responses to The Sir Francis Drake Drought

  1. raqaq says:

    Hey, why don’t we start naming liars and idiots who plague our society? –
    Drew Shindell, author of this pseudo-scientific piece in Scientific American, which used to be a respectable popular science publication before it became an organ of political propaganda.
    Shame on both.

  2. G W Smith says:

    I can’t believe how Scientific American has changed! I used to subscribe to them, about 40 years ago, when science was in vogue.

    • Ian Howarth says:

      I remember Scientific American publishing an early article on Global Warming by Stephen Schneider in the early 80’s, or maybe the late 70’s. The magazine made the disclaimer that this article did not reflect the views of the magazine, but only those of the writer. I too subscribed then but I finished with them when AGW became the so called consensus. A complete 180 degree turn about!

  3. just a thought says:

    A while back I was looking for that visual of the historical record of drought, but couldn’t find it. Thanks!

  4. Billyjack says:

    I canceled Scientific American when they gave Jeffrey Sachs a monthly column to espouse communism. Another example of the misuse of the term like anything that comes out of the government labeled with that term, “Science”.

  5. Conrad Ziefle says:

    “Some researchers claim that political divisions between the rich and poor brought about the downfall after 1100 years of living in political harmony. ”
    Sounds goofy, doesn’t it? I guess they found some pottery shards that were somewhat shaped like a hammer and others like a sickle.

  6. Ulric Lyons says:

    From about 1550 was an as yet unnamed centennial solar minimum through to about 1602. Late in the Maunder Minimum there was a 30 year dry period in the US great plains. Probably the 1672-1705 period when most of the cold in Europe happened.
    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/cetml1659on.dat

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