Journalists feed us a daily diet of weather porn. See the stories four years ago about the Texas drought, and learn from them.
Summary: News stories, in both local and national media, tend to describe climate change as a simple and omnipresent phenomenon. It's not. Here we look at the surprising trends in US temperature and precipitation, and northern hemisphere snowfall. There has been global warming during the past two centuries. But activists tend to attribute everything, anywhere, to … Continue reading Surprising news about trend of America’s temperature and precipitation
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”
Summary: The heavy rains hitting Texas last May were record-breaking extreme weather evens. But were they natural (records routinely break as time passes) or the result -- partially or mostly -- the result of anthropogenic effects? Here an eminent climatologist gives a preliminary answer, based on solid evidence (not modeling). There is no visible trend … Continue reading An eminent climate scientist explains what caused the record rains in Texas
Summary: The farmers and ranchers of Texas exhaust its groundwater as they suffer from a severe drought, which activists blame our burning of fossil fuels. What do scientists say? How severe is the drought? What are its causes? How will this reshape Texas? It's another test case of our ability to see and adapt to … Continue reading Key facts about the drought that’s reshaping Texas