This desperate sounding tweet came in a few minutes ago and will be sure to get the peccatogenesists all stirred up with laughable claims of “poisoned weather” etc.
— NOAA NCEI Climate (@NOAANCEIclimate) June 14, 2013
Let’s look at what a La Niña pattern actually does for drought, from NOAA’s own archives:
Note the big path of dry area in the southern USA.
Now compare it to the US Drought monitor graphic:
The blocking high from La Niña is a bit further north than the NOAA graphic, so the drought tends to follow it.
This is nothing out of the ordinary for the Western USA, which has seen long term historic droughts before.
But I’m sure the peccatogenesists will find a way to blame “global warming” or #poisonedweather or some similar religious fervor.