“Scientists Reported”

Scientists reported the drought in the west is the worst in 1,200 years.

West’s megadrought is worst in 1,200 years, study finds – CNN

Apparently those “scientists” didn’t do any actual research.

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

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

” at least one other study, published in 1922, discusses a drought in California that lasted more than a century”

16 Jun 1994, Page 259 – The Los Angeles Times at Newspapers.com

16 Jun 1994, 3 – The Fresno Bee at Newspapers.com

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

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

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

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

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8 Responses to “Scientists Reported”

  1. J Christie says:

    Another piece of great work, Tony. As with most other “flavor of the month” narratives, a modest amount of impartial research consistently obliterates the media/government position.

    Please keep fighting the good fight. Your work is critical, and most appreciated!

  2. GWS says:

    Studying history is sobering and humbling and foremost on the list of Big Brother’s things to eradicate. Keep them ignorant and confused is his motto.

  3. Daniel Smeal says:

    Measured over an inch of rain here in eastern NM this morning (from last night). This was the most significant amount (> 0.2″) since last October. Nonetheless, total annual precipitation in the area in 2021 was ABOVE average. As your graphs show, the variability in precip between years is much greater than any trend.

  4. joel self says:

    You can tell right away that the “study in Nature Climate Change” is biased when they said: “The human-caused climate crisis has made the megadrought 72% worse, …”. Any real scientist would never state that climate change is flat-out “human caused”, and exactly how could they factually determine the “72%” increase in drought severity? Sheer bullshit. Makes you wonder who’s on the staff of “Nature Climate Change”.

  5. Lynne Balzer says:

    California reservoirs were designed to provide a steady five year supply for all users, and were filled to the top in June 2019. Then officials let 90% of that water, enough to supply one million people for five years, drain into the ocean.

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