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Climate Change

U.S. Drought Conditions Hit Record Low…Scientists Blame ‘Climate Change’

Written by Philip Hodges

There’s no way around it. Climate change is to blame for absolutely everything.

When there’s drought, it’s easy to point to global warming, or climate change. But even when it’s rainier than usual – which is supposed to be a good thing for droughts – climate change is to blame.

Apparently, the U.S. is experiencing record low levels of drought. Only 5 percent of the country is experiencing drought conditions, which is the lowest it’s been at least since 2000, the year scientists started keeping track of drought conditions on a weekly basis through the U.S. Drought Monitor.

From The Hill:

Record rain and snowfall over the winter on the West Coast and heavy spring rains in the Midwest have alleviated some of the worst and longest-lasting drought conditions ever recorded.

That parching, years-long drought came after another rainy period, in 2010, when just 8 percent of the U.S. experienced drought conditions. The boom-and-bust cycle is likely caused by climate change that creates more extreme weather patterns, scientists say.

At its driest point, in September 2012, 20 percent of the nation experienced what climatologists deemed “extreme” drought.


No state has experienced the highs and lows more than California. As recently as September, the entire state was experiencing at least some drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and 43 percent of the state experienced extreme drought. 

Today, after a rainy winter fueled by a so-called Pineapple Express weather system, more than three-quarters of the state is drought-free. Only the Los Angeles area and some inland counties near the U.S.-Mexico border are overly parched.

The ‘Dust Bowl’ was one of the worst droughts in the U.S. But that was during the 1930s. Would scientists claim that manmade ‘climate change’ was to blame for that as well? Would they blame ‘climate change’ for the extreme droughts that continued from the 40s into the 50s? Would they blame carbon emissions? Bovine flatulence? SUVs?

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