|The Green Bridge passes over full water levels at a section of Lake Oroville |
near the Bidwell Marina on July 20, 2011, in Oroville, California, followed
by current drought levels on Aug. 19, 2014.
Scientists Miss The Obvious
Over population is the problem, not
global warming or rain patterns.
The build-up of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere may worsen western droughts in the future, but it is not the principal driver of historic drought afflicting the entire state of California right now, says a major NOAA report released today.
“Natural oceanic and atmospheric patterns” are to blame for the drought, the 42-page report says. Specifically, it highlights a persistent area of high pressure off the West Coast that has blocked rain-bearing storms from coming ashore – which some have dubbed the “ridiculously resilient ridge.”
The pattern of sea surface temperatures also contributed to the drought, the study says.
The NOAA-sponsored study was developed by eight authors from NOAA, NASA, Columbia University, and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. It comprehensively examines the drivers of rainy season (November-April) precipitation during the previous three years (2011-2012 to 2013-14). The study compares observations with a large set of model simulations to detect the relevant natural and man made contributions to the drought.
The drought was likely set off by La Nina – a pattern of cooler than normal ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific – which has historically been linked to reduced precipitation in the West, the study says. But even after the La Nina broke down, a pattern of warm ocean temperatures in the western Pacific set up a storm track that arched northeastward through the Pacific, away from the Golden State.(Washington Post.com)
|Welcome to Los Angeles.|
It's not rain but population.
If this was 1900 California would not be in a "drought." Simply, you
cannot keep adding millions more people into a desert with little water.