With the coldest winter is decades in the East and drought in the West, President Obama came west to claim that the weather is caused by climate change, the emission of CO2. According to President Obama’s Science Advisor, Holdren
“Weather practically everywhere is being caused by climate change”
According to NOAA, California’s weather is influenced more by El Niño/La Niña cycles. In the last three years, California’s drought is caused by the lack of El Niño weather cycles that bring moisture from across the Pacific to the state and the nation.
Three years of no El Niño cycles has brought three years of drought to the state.
It appears there could be more dry years ahead according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) which provides the following summary of their ENSO forecasts in their January 30, 2014 El Niño/La Niña Update:
▪ ENSO conditions are currently neutral (neither El Niño nor La Niña);
▪ As of mid-January 2014, except for a small possibility for weak and brief La Niña development during the next couple of months, outlooks indicate likely continuation of neutral conditions into the second quarter of 2014;
▪ Current forecasts indicate approximately equal chances for neutral conditions or the development of a weak El Niño during the third quarter of 2014, reflecting increased chances for development of a weak El Niño.
In other words more of the same. We are currently in a very weak La Niña. However, it should be noted that predicting what Mother Nature is going to do is fraught with risk.
One thing we did learn about the Presidents visit to California is that he has a climate change agenda that is void of science and his Science Advisor Holdren is more of a political hack than a scientist.