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California’s Long History Of Drought

April 17, 2015

By Paul Homewood  


Reposted from Russ Steele’s “The Next Grand Minimum”:


The New York Times: In California, a Wet Era May Be Ending

The drought, now in its fourth year, is by many measures the worst since the state began keeping records of temperature and precipitation in the 1800s. And with a population now close to 39 million and a thirsty, $50 billion agricultural industry, California has been affected more by this drought than by any previous one.

But scientists say that in the more ancient past, California and the Southwest occasionally had even worse droughts — so-called megadroughts — that lasted decades. At least in parts of California, in two cases in the last 1,200 years, these dry spells lingered for up to two centuries.

The new normal, scientists say, may in fact be an old one.


Source New York Times 


After introducing history the writer starts blabbering about global warming, which is not relevant to historic droughts that resulted…



We are told that California’s drought is the result of global warming. If so, it indicates that the Middle Ages were just as hot as now.



Read the rest here.

  1. April 17, 2015 2:21 pm

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    But, didn’t Governor Moonbeam just say this was all due to the global warming version of climate change?

  2. April 17, 2015 5:08 pm

    Thanks for keeping the focus on the data. Build desalination plants not high speed rail in California. Carlsbad is building a $1,6000,000 plant near San Diego. China will build 500 nuclear plants by 2050 to help w smog reductions. India going for Thorium reactors. Energy affordability is the key to raising living standards. Water controls only entrench mis application of resources. Japan is moving from nuclear, Germany is shutiting nuclear down and only the rising tigers in the East are developing energy policies that can actually reduce green house gas emissions. California energy costs spiked due to restrictions to subsidize bird killing wind farms and solar plants.

    Thanks for the data.

  3. tom0mason permalink
    April 21, 2015 7:34 am

    Meanwhile also in Kalifonya they are planning a transport system powered by solar energy. Can’t find any specifics about if it stores electricity anywhere for the night runs.

    As the laughingly optimistic rehash of the publicity blurb in IBTimes says –

    Developed on 7,500 acres of private land straddling California’s Interstate 5 Freeway, Quay Valley is the brainchild of GROW Holdings (Green Renewable Organic and Water), who aspire to achieve what it calls “New Ruralism”.

    This utopic vision for future living is described by GROW as “a model town for the 21st century” that can achieve complete sustainability using the latest technology in water preservation, renewable energy and organic farming.

    “Citizens living there will basically not have an electricity bill,” Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies [HTT]


    Should be a success in the next Mega-drought then.

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