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What Happened To Joe’s Permanent Drought?

May 10, 2019

By Paul Homewood




In 2011, Joe Romm assured us that a dust storm marked the beginning of the Southwest’s permanent drought.


Back in the real world, after that brief blip, precipitation there has returned to perfectly normal levels:





Meanwhile a new paper has reconstructed New Mexico’s hydroclimate going back to 500BC. This puts the 21stC drought into perspective:



It is evident that long and severe megadroughts have been commonplace. As the authors say:

Since ca. 500 BCE, over 50 drought events have surpassed the severity
of recent 21st century conditions



Settled science!

  1. Pancho Plail permalink
    May 10, 2019 12:00 pm

    What an astounding revelation. Climate changes. Who would have thought it.

  2. Joe Public permalink
    May 10, 2019 12:02 pm

    Ridicule is the only response.

    But hardly sufficient recompense for for the $billions extra taxpayers & electricity bill payers pay for policies wrongly influenced by their pernicious prognostications.

  3. Phoenix44 permalink
    May 10, 2019 12:20 pm

    What the graph shows is the danger of using averages – pretty much every year is an “extreme” in the southwest!

    The average just doesn’t really happen.

  4. Howard Mawer permalink
    May 10, 2019 12:21 pm

    Scientists in Cambridge plan to set up a research centre to develop new ways to repair the Earth’s climate.

    It will investigate radical approaches such as refreezing the Earth’s poles and removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

    The centre is being created because of fears that current approaches will not on their own stop dangerous and irreversible damage to the planet.

    The initiative is the first of its kind in the world and could lead to dramatic reductions in carbon emissions.
    The initiative is co-ordinated by the government’s former chief scientific adviser, Prof Sir David King.

    “What we do over the next 10 years will determine the future of humanity for the next 10,000 years. There is no major centre in the world that would be focused on this one big issue,” he told BBC News.

    Really? What happens in the next 10 years will affect the next 10,000? That doesn’t sound like a scientist talking, it sounds like a AGW evangelist.

    • Broadlands permalink
      May 10, 2019 2:11 pm

      Truly amazing that this Prof Sir David doesn’t understand that reduction in carbon emissions (dramatic or not) does nothing to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, nor does he realize how much oxidized carbon is needed to make a difference. Neither does he seem to know where he will put those hundreds of billions of tonnes. How can these “evangelists” be re-educated?

  5. R2Dtoo permalink
    May 10, 2019 1:46 pm

    I taught my first uni course in climatology 53 years ago. One of the established principles was that the variability of precipitation increases as the annual average decreases. We have simply sacrificed the basics for the instant gratification of the computer generation. “Now” is all that matters, and normal change is not accepted, as it has no reference.

  6. Don B permalink
    May 10, 2019 3:02 pm

    Climate is cyclical. From the above graph, the 1980’s and 1990’s were wet, and the following two decades have been mostly dry; then the climate will change, again.

  7. Athelstan. permalink
    May 10, 2019 3:03 pm

    Anecdotally yer know,

    I think that the drought has moved from NewMex there to here, to west of the Pennines, we’ve had a bit of wet recently but ‘the dry’ really is still here and of course – admittedly we’re in the rainshadow but crikey we could do with a nice warmish but nicely damp Brit summer and a wet Autumn & Winter………….it begs, can the ghost of Dennis Howell be summoned up?

    • alexei permalink
      May 11, 2019 3:03 am

      And funnily enough, in the usually very wet Pacific North West, we haven’t had any rain for weeks.

  8. May 10, 2019 3:17 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  9. rah permalink
    May 12, 2019 4:39 pm

    The poor people of east Texas, Louisiana, and SW Mississippi are having a heck of a time with flooding. The Mississippi river has been up for weeks now due to heavy rains and lots of snow further north so there simply is nowhere for the water to go. Channels constructed for drainage turn into rivers that are channels for flood waters to inundate the lands they were intended to drain. And of course the likes of Hayhoe and Drexler along with Romm still out there mouthing off as if anyone should believe a thing they say about climate and as usual the “media” ignore their history of failure and dutifully “report” their bilge as if it is legitimate “science”.

    Meanwhile in the real world it is becoming obvious that the vast majority of the places people live on this globe are cooling and not warming. The Arctic, despite some warming which is skewing the “global temperature” still has ice as the traditional NW passage has remained closed off for the last couple years.

    It appears the oceans are cooling and as they do we will all feel the effects. And as the waters cool they retain more CO2. I sure looks to me that we’re headed towards a period of cold like we experienced in the 70’s.

  10. Philip Verslues permalink
    May 13, 2019 1:13 am

    Don’t forget Katherine Hayhoe said that Texas was in permanent drought a few years ago. and their delusion goes merrily on. We need to get them back on their meds!

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