California Drought Report #43

There was an interesting and totally miss leading Other Voices in The Union this morning by Paul Berger: Climate Change is real and a threat. Paul writes:

On a recurring basis we see extreme and catastrophic weather events, including our own California drought. It is a sad state of affairs that United States is the only civilized country in which there is any serious disagreement among its leaders on reality of, and serious threat posed, by climate change.

He suggests that government reports are the true gosspil and should be believed with out question. Well then, what about this report?

NOAA Study: Causes of Calif. drought are natural, not man-made:

Natural weather patterns and climate variability, not man-made global warming, are causing the historic drought that’s parching California, says a study out today from federal scientists. “It’s important to note that California’s drought, while extreme, is not an uncommon occurrence for the state,” said Richard Seager, report lead author and professor with Columbia University’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. The report, “Causes and Predictability of the 2011-14 California Drought,” was sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

So, California’s drought is not caused by man made global warming.  Please let Paul Berger know, so he does not appear so uninformed in his next Other Voices.

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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2 Responses to California Drought Report #43

  1. Todd Juvinall says:

    I asked about the weight of photons and I found this answer on a science website.


    Dominic – Yes and I essentially think they do because you’re probably familiar the sunwith Einstein’s really famous equation e=mc2. This was the iconic equation of relativity and what that’s saying is that energy has some mass associated with it. It’s a very tiny mass, but when you’re looking at really large amounts of energy like the power that the sun is delivering to the earth every day then that starts to become quite an appreciable mass. I actually sat down half an hour ago and was doing this calculation. I think it’s about 7 kg of energy that the sun delivers to the Earth every second. But if you’re then asking, is the energy of the Earth increasing is a result of that, well, the Earth’s energy is not actually increasing as a result of the radiation from the sun. Because if it was, it would be getting hotter and we know that the Earth’s climate has been fairly steady for millions of years. So, what that means is that the Earth is radiating to space, just about the same amounts of energy that it’s receiving every day from the sun. It’s in this thermal balance.

    Dave – Though there have been a couple of NASA missions recently which have been actually attempting to measure that because if global warming is happening and the Earth is warming up, then the Earth should be re-emitting less energy than it’s absorbing. And they reckon it was less than a Watt per square metre is disappearing somewhere into the Earth. So, some of that energy should be increasing the mass of the Earth very slightly by just heating it up.


  2. Hifast says:

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections and commented:
    NOAA Study: Causes of Calif. drought are natural, not man-made


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