Late rainy season reliably predicts drought in regions prone to food insecurity

The onset date of the yearly rainy season reliably predicts if seasonal drought will occur in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa that are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity, and could help…

Surprising News: Drylands Are Not Getting Drier As Predicted by Climate Scientists

New Columbia Engineering study—first to investigate the long-term effect of soil moisture-atmosphere feedbacks in drylands—finds that soil moisture exerts a negative feedback on surface water availability in drylands, offsetting some…

Claims of Southwestern USA ‘Megadrought’ Are All Wet

By Anthony Watts The media this week are hyping a new study claiming global warming is causing a new megadrought in the American Southwest. In reality, the recent drought in…

Wet Years, Dry Years

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I keep reading all kinds of claims that the slight warming we’ve been experiencing over the last century has already led to an increase in…

LONG-TERM US DROUGHT AND PRECIPITATION TRENDS

Ross McKitrick and John Christy have published a new paper in the Journal of Hydrology. McKitrick, Ross R. and John Christy (2019) Assessing Changes in US Regional Precipitation on Multiple…

California has no land in drought conditions and all reservoirs are above historic average levels

From the U.S. Drought Portal And from the California Department of water resources. All reservoirs currently above normal historical average. HT/KK

Climate change could revive medieval megadroughts in US Southwest

Study picks apart factors that caused severe, long-lasting droughts and suggests increased risk for future Earth Institute at Columbia University About a dozen megadroughts struck the American Southwest during the…

Activists hope that fake news about droughts will win

Reposted from Fabius Maximus Blog Larry Kummer, Editor Climate change 19 May 2019 Summary: Activists hope that daily apocalyptic news stories about climate change will mold public opinion, no matter…

Weather porn about Texas, a lesson for Earth Day 2019

Reposted from the Fabius Maximus Blog. Larry Kummer, Editor Information & News, Science & Nature 22 April 2019 A lesson for Earth Day – A people can be molded into…

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…

California’s ‘permanent drought’ is now washed away by reality

From the “children just won’t know what drought is” department. A few years ago, some genius politicians, spurred on by some equally genius “climate scientists” told the citizens of California…

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…

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…

The California drought is helping return the weather pattern to normal

A four and a half year old article which puts California drought issues in perspective.~ctm From the Green Blog at UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Author: Jeannette E.…

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…

Pre-Columbian America was plagued by decades-long megadroughts

In the August issue of Physics Today, climate scientists Toby Ault and Scott St. George share a pair of startling research findings. Between roughly 800 and 1500 CE, the American West suffered…

What drought? New device from MIT pulls drinking water out of thin air

While there’s no imminent drinking water crisis in the U.S., technology like this can be helpful abroad – Anthony Powered only by solar energy, a new device developed at MIT…

U.S. EIA: “Record Precipitation, Snowpack in California”

Guest post by David Middleton MARCH 22, 2017 Record precipitation, snowpack in California expected to increase hydro generation in 2017 For the first time since 2011, California’s drought is significantly…

California Snowpack 185% of normal, another big snow on the way

From the “California is in a permanent drought due to climate change – because we said so” department comes this good news from NASA, CA DWR, and NOAA From NASA:…

A likely to be wrong claim: "Colorado River flows will keep shrinking as climate warms"

From the UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA and the department of “we are in permanent drought in California… oh, wait” comes this claim that is surely little more than another modeling fantasy from…

Lessons learned from the end of California’s “permanent drought”

By Larry Kummer. Posted at the Fabius Maximus website. Summary: The “permanent drought” in California, like the now ended “permanent drought” in Texas, is ending. But like the panic about…

Friday Funny: In California, 'children just aren't going to know what drought is'

Long-time WUWT readers will recognize the title as being a spoof on the infamous line about snow uttered by Dr. David Viner of the University of East Anglia some years…

Newly created for the climate lexicon: 'flash droughts'

From the NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH/UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH comes this twist of the long used “flash flood” term used to describe a weather event. The definition of flash…

Claim: 'Megadrought risks in Southwest soar as atmosphere warms' based on model, ignores records

From Cornell University and the CMIP modeling jockeys comes this claim: ITHACA, N.Y. – As a consequence of a warming Earth, the risk of a megadrought – one that lasts more…