California’s ‘permanent drought’ now officially over after 376 straight weeks

The wet winter has washed away dryness for the first time since December 2011 LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is free of drought for the first time in more than seven years and only a small amount of its territory remains abnormally dry as a very wet winter winds down, experts said Thursday. … California…

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Washington Times: “Tornado Drought” Impacting Democrat Climate Change Narrative

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Nature refusing to play along with climate crisis narratives. ‘Tornado drought’ dampens Democrats’ climate-change narrative Bernie Sanders pushes climate-change narrative despite last year’s ‘tornado drought’ In the wake of last week’s deadly twister outbreak, Sen. Bernie Sanders declared that climate change is making tornadoes worse, to which the experts say:…

What drought? California snowpack is now above normal

Here’s some good news from the “weather not climate” department. The latest series of storms, part of an “atmospheric river” pattern, have increased California’s snowpack to anywhere from 110 to 115% above of normal for this time of year. The latest data from the Department of Water Resources shows that statewide average is above normal.…

Disentangling California Drought

Here is Jim Steele’s newest column article for the Tribune and 5 other Marin papers,~ctm Pacifica Tribune column, January 16, 2019 What’s Natural? Disentangling California Drought Devastating droughts are a great concern. Droughts disrupt ecosystems, agriculture, and drinking water supplies. Contrary to headlines suggesting we have only 12 years before descending into climate hell with…

Tree-ring analysis explains physiology behind drought intolerance

Public Release: 26-Dec-2018 Oregon State University CORVALLIS, Ore. – Tree rings tell the story of what’s happening physiologically as fire suppression makes forests more dense and less tolerant of drought, pests and wildfires, new research shows. Scientists at Oregon State University and Utah State University studied 2,800 hectares of mixed-conifer forest in central Oregon, with…

Droughts boost emissions as hydropower dries up

From Eurekalert Public Release: 21-Dec-2018 Droughts boost emissions as hydropower dries up Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences When hydropower runs low in a drought, western states tend to ramp up power generation – and emissions – from fossil fuels. According to a new study from Stanford University, droughts caused about 10 percent…

Drought Proofing a Dry Continent

Guest essay by Viv Forbes Earth is a blue watery planet. 70% of its surface is covered by oceans of salt water, some of which are extremely deep. These oceans contain about 97% of Earth’s water. Another 2% is locked up in snow, ice caps and glaciers. That leaves just 1% of Earth’s surface water…