Guest essay by Patrick J. Michaels
Today’s WaPo story by Darryl Fears on California drought frequency in a warming world compelled me to take a look at the Golden State’s temperature history. In my 2011 book Climate Coup, I showed that the alarm over California warming was rather odd, as most of the changes had taken place thirty years previously.
That was then, and this is now. But what about history?
Here are California temperatures, for the last 38 years, beginning in 1976. That’s the year of “The Great Pacific Climate Shift” , a sudden and lasting change in both the surface and oceanic circulation patterns. 2014 is by far the warmest year in the California record, as is obvious:
Several things stand out. There’s obviously no warming through 2011 (when Climate Coup was published). But the pop between 2013 and 2014 is pretty gosh-darned impressive, no?
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