Think Progress and much of the Progressive media was all over the story last year. Much of the middle of the US was going through a drought period obviously (in their minds) caused by global warming:
While it has been hotter than the
1930s in many places in this country, the drought hasn’t been quite as
bad as the worst of the original Dust Bowl. But if we don’t act soon to
slash greenhouse gas emissions, we are on our way to far worse as
climate change fuels more frequent and more extreme droughts across the
Now there should be a new message (which we won’t hear about) from the Mainstream Media….OOPS we were wrong!
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Drought Task Force released its report and blamed last year’s drought on good old mother nature.
Precipitation deficits for the period May through August 2012 were the most severe since official measurements began in 1895, eclipsing the driest summers of 1934 and 1936 that occurred during the height of the Dust Bowl. This prolonged period of precipitation deficits, along with above normal temperatures, resulted in the largest area of the contiguous United States in drought since the U.S. Drought Monitor began in January 2000. By early September, over three-quarters of the contiguous U.S. was experiencing at least abnormally dry conditions with nearly half of the region (the Central Plains in particular) experiencing unprecedented severe drought.
Here comes the good part:
The central Great Plains drought during May-August of 2012 resulted mostly from natural variations in weather.
- Moist Gulf of Mexico air failed to stream northward in late spring as cyclone and frontal activity were shunted unusually northward.
- Summertime thunderstorms were infrequent and when they did occur produced little rainfall.
- Neither ocean states nor human-induced climate change, factors that can provide long-lead predictability, appeared to play significant roles in causing severe rainfall deficits over the major corn producing regions of central Great Plains.
Whenever there is a post here about a bad snow, or chilly winter which pokes at the climate hoaxers— a ton of e-mails and comments come in screaming that I don’t know the difference between weather and climate.
Yet the climate change hoaxers were quick to label this unforeseen weather event as caused by cows and big cars. The same way they have blamed hurricane Sandy, 2011’s heavy tornado season, and this winter’s heavy snow.
The truth is (as we all know) the crazy weather is either caused by George Bush, The Sequester, the GOP and/or the Gun Lobby. Isn’t that right Mr. President?