From the SF Chronicle: California Drought – Scientists to Probe Cause

  • by BPC Staff
  • on January 23, 2014

California drought: Scientists to probe cause

Carolyn Lochhead

Washington — California’s drought will be one of the extreme weather events that the American Meteorological Society will examine later this year to determine whether the cause is natural variability or human-caused climate change, a federal official said Tuesday.

The American Meteorological Society’s study will be similar to one the group undertook of extreme weather events of 2012. In September, the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society released a report finding that a 2012 Midwestern drought was mainly due to natural variation in weather, but that climate change was a factor in U.S. heat waves that spring and summer.

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