California Precipitation Report #1: Global Warming Brings More Rain to CA

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Scientists at the University of California, Riverside predict California will get an average of 12 percent more precipitation through the end of this century, compared to the last 20 years of last century. CREDIT UC Riverside Strategic Communications.

Under business-as-usual greenhouse gas emissions, climate models predict California will get warmer during the rest of the century and most also predict the state will get drier.

But, new research, published July 6th in the journal Nature Communications, predicts that California will actually get wetter. The scientists from the University of California, Riverside predict the state will get an average of 12 percent more precipitation through the end of this century, compared to the last 20 years of last century.

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They also found the winter months of December, January and February, when California traditionally gets the bulk of its precipitation, would account for much of the overall increase in precipitation. During those three months, precipitation levels would increase 31.6 percent in northern California, 39.2 percent in central California and 10.6 percent in southern California.

El Niño-like teleconnection increases California precipitation in response to warming

Ooops Never mind, this prediction is made using the Climate Models which have proven to be highly unreliable. Here is the reality check on the climate models:

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Given the accuracy of these climate models, do you think the 40% increase in moisture is real or just some more dodgy science?   Your thoughts in the comments

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