California’s past megafloods – and the coming ARkStorm

Summary: To boost our fear, activists and journalists report the weather with amnesia about the past. Ten year records become astonishing events; weather catastrophes of 50 or 100 years ago are forgotten. It makes for good clickbait but cripples our ability to prepare for the inevitable. California's history of floods and droughts gives a fine … Continue reading California’s past megafloods – and the coming ARkStorm

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Lessons learned from the end of California’s “permanent drought”

Summary: The "permanent drought" in California, like the now ended "permanent drought" in Texas, is ending. But like the panic about Texas, it is rich in lessons about our difficulty clearly seeing the world -- and the futility of activists exaggerating and lying about the science. Of course, they should have learned this after 29 … Continue reading Lessons learned from the end of California’s “permanent drought”

Our response to California’s drought shows America at work to enrich the 1%

Summary: The California megadrought shows America's public policy machinery at work. Dysfunctional for us; highly functional for the 1%. It's the price we pay for our apathy and passivity. Today we review California's latest response to this crisis.  {2nd of 2 posts today.} Contents Summary How Growers Gamed California’s Drough "California Goes Nuts" Apocalyptic Schadenfreude … Continue reading Our response to California’s drought shows America at work to enrich the 1%

Key facts about the drought that’s reshaping California.

Summary:  California's drought might be to us what the dust bowl of the prairies was to the 1930s (irony: California was the big beneficiary of that drought). This post answers most of your questions about the drought, cutting through the media chaff of misinformation (but does not discuss its effects). This is an update of … Continue reading Key facts about the drought that’s reshaping California.

Everything you want to know about California’s drought (except when it will end).

Summary: For decades scientists warned us that the American southwest had experienced long brutal droughts. We did nothing to prepare. Now we reap the consequences, as California experiences the worst droughts of the past century. With no end in sight, we must mobilize to mitigate the damage. Which might prove severe. This can become a … Continue reading Everything you want to know about California’s drought (except when it will end).

Droughts are coming. Are we ready for the past to repeat?

Summary: This post by Prof Curry has something for everyone, at all levels of interest and knowledge. It discusses one of the more timely and serious subjects in the climate debates. If you would like more information after reading these selections (or are still confused, or more confused) see the links at the end of … Continue reading Droughts are coming. Are we ready for the past to repeat?

American States on the brink of financial catastrophe

In the third year of the worst recession since the 1930's many States totter on the brink of catastrophe, after generations of imprudent management.  Ahead lie even greater challenges, as employees cash in on their insanely generous pensions.  A few charts tell the tale -- showing America's most profligate states -- from "The State of California … Continue reading American States on the brink of financial catastrophe