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1 Skip Intro  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 9:22:13am

I’ll just go ahead and post the first “Fox/Limbot” response to the article, just to get it over with.

hdtvcamera at 8:34 AM August 06, 2013

Where is the story about the much higher than average rainfall on the East Coast?

It’s marked by flooding and exploding mosquito populations.

Not as sexy as a dry river bed and the global warming line.

2 Interesting Times  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 11:41:37am

re: #1 Skip Intro

Meanwhile, Joe Romm of ClimateProgress had the comeback for such dizzying derp way back in 2006:

Hell and High Water

Part I, comprising the first four chapters of the book, reviews the science of climate change, setting forth the evidence that humans are causing an unprecedented increase in carbon emissions that is, in turn causing global warming. The book describes the consequences of unchecked climate change, such as destruction of coastal cities due to rising sea levels and mega-hurricanes; increasing droughts and deadly water shortages; infestation of insects into new ranges; and increased famines, heat waves, forest fires and desertification. The book sets forth the research on “feedback loops” that would contribute to accelerating climate change, including:

Hell = drought
High Water = sea level rise, extreme storms, and flooding

Apparently too difficult a concept for wingnuts to grasp 9_9

3 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 11:42:57am
4 Bulworth  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 11:48:48am

I have very fond memories of my three years in New Mexico obtaining my Master’s degree. Really fell in love with the place. Hated to have to come back East to earn a living. That was 15 years ago. The Rio Grande was pretty low and the place was pretty dry even then around Las Cruces.

Wildlife managers are hauling water to elk herds in the mountains and blaming the drought for the unusually high number of deer and antelope killed on New Mexico’s highways, surmising that the animals are taking greater risks to find water.

That is so sad.

5 lawhawk  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 11:56:42am

I’ve had twitter responses to comments about the pervasive and intense drought by claiming that the Drought Monitor site somehow is over-estimating the severity of the drought.

The facts speak for themselves. The region has seen a deficit of rainfall for several years and it would take several years of above average rainfall to wipe out the deficit.

And there’s a bit of bad news for the East Coast. In 2011, the region would have had below normal rainfall but for the several hurricanes/tropical storms dumping several months worth of rain in a short period of time. Ditto for 2012. 2013 has seen above average rainfall to date, but that too has been concentrated in a couple of weeks - instead of rain playing out over a period of time, it’s been more intense short bursts that aren’t as beneficial to crops and livestock (but help create fertile conditions for mosquitoes).

Welcome to the new normal.

At least the Atlantic basin is mercifully quiet for this time of year. We could use the break (though the Atlantic hurricane season reaches its peak in September into October).

6 majii  Tue, Aug 6, 2013 7:57:21pm

Republicans don’t want to hear that these effects of climate change are occurring. To them, these are only changes in the weather, nothing to be too concerned about. We can’t expect republicans in Congress to act to ameliorate the effects of climate change because they’re in too deep with the big money people who fund their campaigns to even think about addressing the issue. We’ve had several years of drought here in GA, but our RW-majority state legislature and RW governor and their supporters are pretending that things are hunky dory, even as plants parch in the sun, energy blackouts occur, and GA fights Tennessee, Florida, and Alabama over rights to the Chattahoochee River system’s water.

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