West Coast Is “On Track for Having the Worst Drought In 500 Years”

Is the West Coast In the Middle of a “Mega Drought”?

The Los Angeles Times reports:

“We are on track for having the worst drought in 500 years,” said B. Lynn Ingram, a professor of earth and planetary sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.

California droughts can last decades … or even centuries.  As the San Jose Mercury News points out:

Through studies of tree rings, sediment and other natural evidence, researchers have documented multiple droughts in California that lasted 10 or 20 years in a row during the past 1,000 years — compared to the mere three-year duration of the current dry spell. The two most severe megadroughts make the Dust Bowl of the 1930s look tame: a 240-year-long drought that started in 850 and, 50 years after the conclusion of that one, another that stretched at least 180 years.

“We continue to run California as if the longest drought we are ever going to encounter is about seven years,” said Scott Stine, a professor of geography and environmental studies at Cal State East Bay. “We’re living in a dream world.”

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Some scientists believe we are already in a megadrought, although that view is not universally accepted.

Bill Patzert, a research scientist and oceanographer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, says that the West is in a 20-year drought that began in 2000. He cites the fact that a phenomenon known as a “negative Pacific decadal oscillation” [not linked to climate change] is underway — and that historically has been linked to extreme high-pressure ridges that block storms.

We are not forecasting gloom and doom.  Hopefully, the West Coast will soon get enough rain to end the drought.

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  • jadan

    I’d trust the tree rings. In my day as a denizen of Berkeley, we said: “If it’s brown, flush it down. If it’s yellow, it’s mellow.” With this drought, Californians may have to abandon the flush toilet altogether and develop desalinization technology as they did in Australia with the recent epic drought there. In CA, they will have to learn how to remove not just the salt, but radionuclides, also……

    • kimyo

      of course, to power the desalinization plants, they’ll first need to figure out how to power/build the infrastructure to pump billions of gallons of seawater inland to frack the monterey shale.

      food vs fuel isn’t just about diverting corn to make below zero-eroei ethanol, now it’s water for fracking vs. water for farming. plus, destroying the most fertile land in america by dumping the fracking waste directly underneath.

      i suspect that california real estate prices don’t reflect the possibility of a multi-decade long drought. or multi-decade long continued releases of radiation from fukushima.

      • jadan

        I’m sure your correct about real estate prices. Just another calamity for the Golden State. I believe solar could power desalinization. But is it possible to remove the radionuclides from sea water?

        • kimyo

          if solar power was practical for desalinization, wouldn’t they be using it in the middle east or australia?

          i’ve read that reverse osmosis can remove most radionuclides, but it’s horribly ineffecient (discards 2-3 gallons for every 1 produced)

        • Undecider

          Why would they bother with that? The PTB enjoy having us drink all kinds of poison.

          • Guest

            And this would be a good way to kill off a bunch of illegals and unneeded liberals.

    • Guest

      I thought californians had abandoned the flush toilet,I thought everyone pi$$ed on the sidewalk like the street people given the smell out there.Yes,I was out there a few years ago on a business trip and the whole place smelled like pi$$.

      • Leo

        So you experienced every sidewalk that exists in California? You sound like a drunk idiot.

        • Guest

          Sounds like I hit a nerve,you must be one of those dumb asses that inhabit the promised land of southern california.Tell me, is everybody in california retarded or just most of them?

          • So CAL Snowman

            Just most of them. And you are right about the big cities smelling like human waste. You have to go to a coastal or suburban Whitpoia to see the real So Cal as it was intended.

          • Leo

            Hi drunk idiot. I live in Northern CA. Even north of SF. You gotta dumb ass remark for that?

    • Guest

      So we need to flush odumbo down the toilet huh? Sounds like a great idea to me!!!!

      • TheBigOne

        No. Just have him go on a vacation to one of the cities that smell like piss.

  • Undecider

    Of course, no relation to weather modification. Perish the thought!

    • kimyo

      well, i have a bit of trouble believing that they were modifying the weather back in 1280, 1460 and 1645.

      look at figure 7 on page 137 of the source document and you will find that the last 3 times forest fires peaked (15 or more fires per 25 year period) occurred centuries ago, when presumably haarp was not active.

      as it happen, those periods also correspond with low sunspot activity, specifically the wolf, sporer and maunder minimums.

      MULTI-MILLENNIAL FIRE HISTORY OF THE GIANT FOREST,
      SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA, US
      http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/upload/Sequoia-Fire-History-2009.pdf

    • gozounlimited

      What a breakthrough! Undecider get’s it. At least one person is benefiting from months of TRYING to educate, demonstrate, and facilitate the end to weather modification. Some people are just clueless…… or vested. Either way…..stupid.

  • plcc07777

    I suppose this is a dumb question, but I wonder why pipelines are not built from the Great Lakes to supply water to the desert southwest. Is it practical?

    • lulz

      you didn’t know there was a failed plan to do just that?

      Great Lakes stay right where they are. If other states want to waste what precious water they have like Las Vegas, then too bad.

      • Guest

        But the california liberal believes that he is entitled to your water and you are not.Considering the great lakes are located in the northeast which is inhabited by liberals,I think california should get all of your water,socialism is wonderful isn’t it?

    • Guest

      The liberals would invent an endangered species to stop any such pipeline,remember,the spotted owl is more important than humans.

    • plcc07777

      I guess it was a dumb question. I wasn’t trying to be a smart a$$.
      I’m just curious.

  • Orangutan Exterminating

    Of course if they want to use seawater and make it fresh they will have to deal with the radiation from Japan. Get ready water is going to expensive! At least we will know what vegetables came from California, because they will be glowing in the dark!

    • Guest

      I think they should give southern california straight ocean water and kill off the human population so the wonderful animals can live without being bothered by humans.

    • TheBigOne

      And this is where a Geiger Counter comes into the picture.

  • Guest

    Southern california is a desert by nature,the easiest way to destroy it,besides putting liberals in charge,it to turn off all the water being pumped in from out of state.I say,to he ll with california,give it to mexico.

  • Guest

    If you southern californians pray to the obama hard enough,he will create all the water you need with a spoken word.

    • TheBigOne

      Yes we can! Remember all you have to do is just belllllllllllllllieve!!

  • Guest

    I’m sitting here drinking a tall,cool, glass of spring water while californians will be drinking mexican pi ss in the near future……………..YUMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest

    If you want your water,you can keep your water!!!!!!!! Now we need a program that doesn’t work called “owatercare”,just log onto the website and sign up!!!

    • TheBigOne

      Except the Affordable Water Care website will be broken and the media will downplay the glitches involved in actually getting the Owatercare to all the people needed in a timely manner.

      • Guest

        Unless he was republican. Then everyone would praise him for doing it.

  • Leo

    I think this drought is caused by Fukushima. I recently read that the weather conditions that would make rain are not forming over the Pacific Ocean because of the Fuku radiation.

  • 4mothernature2

    Water shortage? Lets start fracking…put that water to good use.

  • Guest

    I think california should be split it two,The new states could be called New California (the north),and mexifornia (the south),the humans could live in the north and the white liberals and the shi tskins could live in the south.

  • Guest

    Born in east l.a.,I was born in east l.a.If Cheech Marin grows his mustache back,the rain will come.

  • mike d

    HAARP??

  • gozounlimited

    HELLO?

  • So CAL Snowman

    SO glad we have all these mexicans and illegal alien mexicans in CA. I’m sure they aren’t putting a strain on our water usage at all.

 

 

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