Sunday, 12 April 2015

California’s Record-Breaking Heat & Drought “Is Only The Beginning”, Worst seen in 1000 Years



The California heat of the past 12 months is like nothing ever seen in records going back to 1895, notes Bloomberg’s Tom Randall, and with the already record-low snowpack starting its melt early, “we aren’t nearing the end of California’s climate troubles. We’re nearing the beginning.” What’s happening in California right now is shattering modern temperature measurements – as well as tree-ring records that stretch back more than 1,000 years.What makes this drought so troubling, as Bloomberg reports, is that while the 4.5 degree above-normal temps that California has seen are unprecedented; they are not entirely unexpected. The International Panel on Climate Change, with more than 1,300 scientists, forecasts global temperatures to rise anywhere from 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century, depending largely on how quickly humans reduce dependence on fossil fuels. The chart below shows average temperatures for the 12 months through March 31, for each year going back to 1895. The orange line shows the trend rising roughly 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit per decade, just a bit faster than the warming trend observed worldwide. FULL REPORT

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