California has no land in drought conditions
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Started by metmike - Sept. 5, 2019, 1:31 p.m.

The natural, temporary drought in California a few years ago was headline news in many hundreds if not thousands of stories but it's been completely wiped out:

Where are the stories about this?

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

All reservoirs currently above normal historical average.


By metmike - Sept. 5, 2019, 1:38 p.m.
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California’s ‘permanent drought’ is now washed away by reality


/ March 11, 2019

From 2014, spot the portion caused by “man-made climate change”:



 "Here’s how much recent rains have washed away California’s drought"

"Less than 1 percent of the state is in any kind of drought status, down from 48 percent a year ago"




By metmike - Sept. 5, 2019, 1:38 p.m.
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California projected to get wetter through this century




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By metmike - Sept. 5, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
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By metmike - Sept. 5, 2019, 1:39 p.m.
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US Average Streamflow Index – 1999 to Present

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) – WaterWatch – Click the pic to view at source

By metmike - Sept. 5, 2019, 1:40 p.m.
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Little change in global drought over the past 60 years

"Here we show that the previously reported increase in global drought is overestimated because the PDSI uses a simplified model of potential evaporation7 that responds only to changes in temperature and thus responds incorrectly to global warming in recent decades. More realistic calculations, based on the underlying physical principles8 that take into account changes in available energy, humidity and wind speed, suggest that there has been little change in drought over the past 60 years. The results have implications for how we interpret the impact of global warming on the hydrological cycle and its extremes, and may help to explain why palaeoclimate drought reconstructions based on tree-ring data diverge from the PDSI-based drought record in recent years"

By metmike - Sept. 5, 2019, 1:41 p.m.
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Interesting graph – Fraction of the Globe in Drought: 1982-2012

Image result for global drought wuwt  graph  image

By metmike - Sept. 5, 2019, 1:45 p.m.
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We hear all about different droughts around the world, which is 100% normal based on natural climate and cycles but when a real crisis involving water supply exists..............not much is said:

Exactly related to this topic and deserving a place in this discussion, in fact, more critical because it's going to affect far more people(not if but when) then those affected in these cities and the affects(like with the Ogallala auquifer) are forever using the time scale of human lives. 

Pumped dry-the Global CRISIS of vanishing ground water!

"In places around the world, supplies of groundwater are rapidly vanishing. As aquifers decline and wells begin to go dry, people are being forced to confront a growing crisis."


Crisis on the High Plains: The Loss of America’s Largest Aquifer – the Ogallala

Jeremy Frankel  ·

Top Reasons to Support Groundwater Preservation

January 19, 2019

Story at-a-glance 

  • Water scarcity is getting worse around the world as aquifers are drained faster than they can be refilled. The most significant contributor to the problem is industrial farming, due to its heavy use of potable water for irrigation
  • About 80 percent of the U.S. freshwater supply (and more than 90 percent in many Western states) is used for agricultural purposes
  • One-third of the largest groundwater aquifers are nearing depletion. In the Ogallala aquifer in the American Midwest, the water level has been dropping by an average of 6 feet per year, while the natural recharge rate is less than 1 inch
  • Water sources are also threatened by pollution from large-scale monocrop farms and concentrated animal feeding operations; corporate agribusiness is one of the biggest threats to America’s waterways
  • “Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater,” reveals the seriousness of the situation, visiting hard-hit areas such as Kansas and California in the U.S., and in India, Peru and Morocco

Water scarcity is getting worse around the world as aquifers are drained faster than they can be refilled. The most significant contributor to the problem is industrial farming, due to its heavy use of potable water for irrigation.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 80 percent of U.S. consumptive water (and more than 90 percent in many Western states) is used for agricultural purposes1 and, worldwide, groundwater is being used up at a faster rate than it can be replenished.

Many Aquifers Are Nearing Depletion

One-third of the largest groundwater aquifers are already nearing depletion,2 with three of the most stressed aquifers being located in areas where political tensions run high as it is.3 To give you an idea of how quickly groundwater is being depleted, consider what's happening in the High Plains Aquifer (also known as the Ogallala) in the American Midwest.

Here, the water level has been dropping by an average of 6 feet per year, while the natural recharge rate is 1 inch or less.4 Once this aquifer is depleted — and many wells have already run dry in the area — 20 percent of the U.S. corn, wheat and cattle output will be lost due to lack of irrigation and water for the animals.

According to Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the majority of our global groundwaters "are past sustainability tipping points,"5 which means it's only a matter of time until we run out of fresh water.

Pollution Threatens Remaining Freshwater Supplies

Precious water sources are also threatened by pollution from large-scale monocrop farms and concentrated animal feeding operations.6 According to a report7 by Environment America, corporate agribusiness is "one of the biggest threats to America's waterways." Tyson Foods Inc. was deemed among the worst, releasing 104.4 million pounds of toxic pollutants into waterways between 2010 and 2014.

Researchers have warned that many lakes around the world are now at grave risk from fertilizer runoff that feeds harmful blue-green algae (cyanobacteria),8,9 and once established, it's far more difficult to get rid of than previously thought. The answer, according to the authors of this study, is better land-use management that addresses fertilizer runoff. Dramatic reductions in fertilizer use are also recommended.

Indeed, the long-term solution to many of our water quality and water scarcity issues is to phase out the use of toxic pesticides, chemical fertilizers and soil additives, and to grow crops and raise food animals in such a way that the farm contributes to the overall health and balance of the environment rather than polluting it and creating a dysfunctional ecosystem.


By metmike - Sept. 5, 2019, 1:48 p.m.
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Besides not hearing about the real crisis we never hear about the massive benefits:

Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Finds



From a quarter to half of Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25.

An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led the effort, which involved using satellite data from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer instruments to help determine the leaf area index, or amount of leaf cover, over the planet’s vegetated regions. The greening represents an increase in leaves on plants and trees equivalent in area to two times the continental United States.

globe of Earth from North Pole perspectiveThis image shows the change in leaf area across the globe from 1982-2015.

Deserts 'greening' from rising CO2



                Satellite data shows the per cent amount that foliage cover has changed around the world from 1982 to 2010.       

Soybeans: Yield by Year, US

There obviously are other contributing factors with genetics and farming technology (+75%) but the +CO2 and weather(+25%) have been a big plus.

With Corn, it's a different picture because of the  introduction of nitrogen fertilizer causing corn yields to triple real fast and not as much to do with CO2 or weather during that initial tripling. However, recent decades have featured a steady increase, along with a steady increase in CO2 and beneficial weather.

But what the heck, WHY WOULDN'T all those things be happening?

We are headed into a climate OPTIMUM, similar to the one 9,000-5,000 years ago that was much warmer than this in the higher latitudes, which is where much of todays warming is taking place(melting Arctic sea ice)

By metmike - Sept. 5, 2019, 2:10 p.m.
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So the MSM iron clad rules on reporting the fake climate crisis goes as follows(seriously):

1. Report any extreme weather as being caused by humans burning fossil fuels and man made climate change. Project this as the new normal and a trend which will amplify as you extrapolate out the next 100 years to yield extremes that are "even worse than we thought"(even as the reality continues to be much better than we thought in the midst of a building climate optimum for life. 

2. Never report the overwhelming benefits. And if a story comes out about that, spin it so that the benefits are actually harmful in the long run.

3. As catastrophic predictions continue to fail miserably because of the climate optimum, spin them so that they appear to be on course, then move the goal posts to some, new, future time frame with new, must act now or the planet is lost. 

4. When a real environmental or water availability crisis is present, if it can't be tied to the climate crisis ignore it or don't even notice it because real environmental issues and pollution don't show up in the captured brains of people in the climate crisis cult.

5. Think of new ways to make the current climate optimum, sound even more scary than just a climate, using the new term, "climate emergency!!!!"

6. Connect it with the need for everybody, everywhere to unite in order to save the entire planet for life, including our children and grandchildren(not for polar bears though......they were kicked out of the climate crisis club when they refused to cooperate and their numbers went up 30% since 2005 after they were ordered by the gatekeepers of the climate secrets to die off from melting Arctic sea ice)

Rule #3  applied to polar bears

By madmechanic - Sept. 5, 2019, 7:53 p.m.
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Not only is California no longer in drought conditions, thus disproving the story that was pushed for years about a permanent, man-made climate change based drought, we are having an extremely quiet wild-fire season this year.

Notice how you aren't being fed daily or hourly stories about houses burning to the ground and smoke you can see from space in California this year.

No, instead the MSM has just dropped their coverage of California and has moved their focus to Amazon fires and hurricane Dorian.

By metmike - Sept. 5, 2019, 10:33 p.m.
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Couldn't have stated it better madmechanic.

There has likely not been a time in human history that there wasn't a widespread severe drought somewhere on this planet.

Or year that didn't features numerous extreme weather events of all sorts.

Or a year without violent tornadoes.................wait, yes there was. Last year 2018 was the first time since we recorded these, we had ZERO violent tornadoes.

2018: A Year Without Violent Tornadoes                            

What is very interesting, however, is that no violent tornadoes occurred in 2018.  This was the first time in modern tornado-tracking history (since 1950) that this was the case! 

This was just from weather of course.............but wait, there's more to it than that. The meridional temp gradient from warming the highest latitudes has decreased from the climate optimum. Note the much higher numbers in the 1970's because of global cooling(most at the highest latitudes):

Or, phrased another way, the last half of the 65-year U.S. tornado record had 40% fewer strong to violent tornadoes than the first half.


To claim that global warming is causing more tornadoes is worse than speculative; it is directly opposite to the clear observational evidence.

metmike: what was interesting, earlier this year when we had the tornado outbreaks because of cold temperatures, we were told it was from climate change.........from sources that failed to tell us about last years record NO violent tornadoes.