Actual scientists: CA drought not caused by anthropogenic ‘climate change’

Actual scientists: CA drought not caused by anthropogenic ‘climate change’

As the San Jose Mercury News recorded a few weeks back, the cycle of high pressure that the state is currently experiencing has many precedents in history, and, far from being obviously “the result of climate change,” its cause has left “researchers scratching their heads.” Daniel Cayan, an oceanographer and atmospheric scientist who works for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, concedes that, unlike the president and his acolytes, he simply has no idea what is happening. “I wish I had a really good answer for this,” Cayan told the paper. Bob Benjamin, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, is equally flummoxed: “This ridge is sort of a mountain in the atmosphere. In most years, it comes and goes. This year it came and didn’t go.”

Sometimes, it just doesn’t — and nobody is quite sure why. The activist group Climate Resolve, which describes its role as “inspiring people at home, at work and in government to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and prepare for climate impacts,” explained in January that this drought not only resembles a similar period of aridity that lasted from 1976 and 1977 but in fact echoes patterns that existed “well before society started burning coal for energy.” “Go back a few hundred years,” executive director Jonathan Parfrey maintains, and “the paleo-record shows that the Southwest experienced multi-decadal droughts.” The group’s inconvenient conclusion? “California’s terrible drought is not due to anthropogenic climate change.” …

In fact, the AP’s Seth Borenstein observed, the drought was the product of “a freak of nature that wasn’t caused by man-made global warming” but, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration put it, by natural variations in weather. “This is one of those events that comes along once every couple hundreds of years,” the NOAA report’s lead author Martin Hoerling confirmed.

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