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Romm’s Permanent Drought

January 7, 2012
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By Paul Homewood

 

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Back in July, Joe Romm declared – “Dust Storm Marks Beginning of Southwest’s "Permanent Drought". I wonder how that little prophecy worked out?

 

NOAA, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information ServiceNational Climatic Data Center, U.S. Department of Commerce

Annual Precipitation
Southwest Region


Annual 1901 – 2000 Average = 13.56 Inches
Annual 1895 – 2011 Trend = 0.05 Inches / Decade

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Precipitation for 2011 came in at 11.65 inches, ranking it an unremarkable 24th driest since 1895 and much wetter than 7.68 inches in 1956.

There is actually a small upward trend of 0.05 inches/decade over the whole record.

 


 

While we are at it , we might as well look at the South Region (which includes Texas).

 

NOAA, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information ServiceNational Climatic Data Center, U.S. Department of Commerce

Annual Precipitation
South Region


Annual 1901 – 2000 Average = 35.38 Inches
Annual 1895 – 2011 Trend = 0.21 Inches / Decade

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And Romm actually gets paid to write this crap.

2 Comments
  1. January 7, 2012 7:39 pm

    Another day.
    Another alarm story.
    Another check of the data.
    Another spin expires.
    Next please.

  2. GregO permalink
    January 10, 2012 1:42 am

    Romm and the warmista seem to enjoy picking on the southwest US for some reason – if it isn’t permanent drought, it’s Lake Powell and the Colorado River is running dry, blah, blah, blah. I live in Southern Arizona; have been here since 1995, and it’s just fine here. Yes, it is a desert.

    Yes it is hot. And dry. And dusty. And for some reason, there is a message circulating that people shouldn’t live here. Ref: Cadillac Desert; The Monkey Wrench Gang et al. I don’t get it.

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