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Tue Mar 24, 2015, 12:04 PM

***SHOCKING REALITY*** Global Warming and California Drought - 5 images from 5 consecutive years

(I hope there isn't too much flickering going on here. I usually despise too many gifs on one page; but these are both relevant.)

Lack of Snow at Yosemite's Half Dome Captures California Drought in 5 Photos
By Zain Haidar
Published Mar 24 2015 10:50 AM EDT
weather.com



The snapshots in the GIF above were taken from a Yosemite Conservancy Half Dome webcam in late March, starting in 2011 and ending in 2015. Typically around the start of spring, Yosemite's Half Dome is covered in snow. As the years pass, you can see the snowpack fade into the background as the drought takes its toll.

Below are images from the U.S. Drought Monitor that show the state's conditions around the same time the Half Dome pictures were captured. The darker the colors, the more severe the drought. You can see Half Dome, marked by the blue dot, become swallowed by maroon at the end, signalling takeover by exceptional drought.




http://www.weather.com/science/environment/news/half-dome-yosemite-california-drought

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Reply ***SHOCKING REALITY*** Global Warming and California Drought - 5 images from 5 consecutive years (Original post)
FourScore Mar 2015 OP
daleanime Mar 2015 #1
n2doc Mar 2015 #2
Newsjock Mar 2015 #3
FourScore Mar 2015 #4
niyad Mar 2015 #5
musiclawyer Mar 2015 #6
Chakaconcarne Mar 2015 #16
tclambert Mar 2015 #7
SoLeftIAmRight Mar 2015 #8
cyberswede Mar 2015 #9
yuiyoshida Mar 2015 #10
mountain grammy Mar 2015 #11
Buzz Clik Mar 2015 #12
Auggie Mar 2015 #13
Buzz Clik Mar 2015 #15
rosesaylavee Mar 2015 #17
Buzz Clik Mar 2015 #19
Auggie Mar 2015 #21
Curtis Mar 2015 #22
Buzz Clik Mar 2015 #23
Curtis Mar 2015 #24
vkkv Mar 2015 #25
Buzz Clik Mar 2015 #26
rosesaylavee Mar 2015 #28
democrank Mar 2015 #14
Vinca Mar 2015 #18
hunter Mar 2015 #20
NoJusticeNoPeace Mar 2015 #27
FourScore Mar 2015 #29

Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 12:06 PM

1. kick, kick, kick....

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 12:11 PM

2. I was there last June

The valley itself was fine, but the drive in was marked by large stretches of burned forests. It got so bad it even made my kids scared. And this was before last summer's fires.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 12:11 PM

3. Exactly why do you hate America?


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Response to Newsjock (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 12:14 PM

4. I don't hate America. I'm just a cog in the wheel of a massive global warming conspiracy.

Because...Benghazi!1!!

And emails.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 12:16 PM

5. a very worried k and r

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 12:41 PM

6. If you live in the Central Valley get out now if you can

It's the epicenter where the agricultural economy collapse will be the canary
in the coal mine of climate change. No water, no breadbasket. Shriveled economy. There will only be enough water to produce beef, almonds, and rice etc for CA and maybe some other western states but not the rest of the nation , much less the rest of the world.

I cringe when people say residential must conserve more. Even if every residence in the entire state conserved to extremes, it would hardly make a difference-- a large percentage of farms and ranches will be killed off rather than a very large percentage--when farms and ranches don't change their practices

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 01:04 PM

7. But Sen. Snowball said it was cold in Washington, D.C.

He said it proved global warming was all a big hoax. Sen. Snowball is doing his level best to protect poor, hapless oil companies from getting victimized by Al Gore and the scientific industrial complex.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 01:08 PM

8. many thanks for the great post

 

We need about half the military budget to desalinate ocean water an irrigate our farm land.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 01:11 PM

9. I feel sick.

This is sad.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 01:12 PM

10. k&r for the great state of California!

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 01:24 PM

11. We visited the magnificent redwood forest

the last two summers. It'll be hard to stay away this year, but we will probably spend more time on the Oregon and Washington coast.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 01:41 PM

12. Okay, but....

 

.... 5 years isn't enough time to indicate climate change.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #12)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 01:48 PM

13. Is this sarcasm?

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Response to Auggie (Reply #13)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 02:00 PM

15. Hell, no.

 

Washington DC just experienced another hellacious winter, as did many parts of the Midwest. Is that a bellwether for the coming ice age, or just extreme weather?

You cannot ridicule deniers for throwing a snowball in the Senate while holding up 5 pictures of receding, late-winter snow.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #15)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 02:09 PM

17. there are more pictures from around the world... where have you been?

California is just one location that we US citizens can relate to. The rest of the planet is amazed that we here in the US can be so utterly clueless to the rising global temperatures. Climate is not about the weather in one spot.

Please read about this. There are plenty of websites to help you understand what is happening to the global climate.

Start here http://www.climate.gov/
http://www.skepticalscience.com/


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Response to rosesaylavee (Reply #17)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 02:36 PM

19. Please. Take a step back and read my post.

 

5 years of weather pictures are not adequate to infer climate change. That's undeniable, but it's all that I said.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #19)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 02:53 PM

21. We've been seeing graphs and NASA images of melting glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica for years.

If climatologists can use this data to make their case the climate is changing, why can't we use images from Yosemite?

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #19)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 03:03 PM

22. You are correct

That 5 years do not equate to much of anything. However, California hasn't had a normal winter since the 1980s. Back in the 70's and 80's take Squaw Valley for instance. They used to regularly have a base of 300 inches for skiing. It's been gradually on the decline through the 200 inch range to the 100 inch range to the last few years where there hasn't been complete coverage at all. Pictures of 100 inches of snow, while below normal, is still a bunch of snow and do not make the visual impact more recent pictures do.

This drought cycle really began in the mid 70's in California and has been a slow gradual change to the dramatic pictures of the last 5 years.

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Response to Curtis (Reply #22)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 05:01 PM

23. ... and that 30-year trend absolutely amounts to a climate shift. n/t

 

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #23)

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 02:10 AM

24. Absolutely

N/T

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #23)

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 12:20 PM

25. The key word is 'rapid' changes to our climate.

 


Look it up, read about it somewhere other than here since you don't trust DU'ers. Learn something.

Think about this: Conservatives have been mostly WRONG coming around EVERY corner of history.

I'll name one really easy one. Gay Marriage, okay another, minorities voting, okay more, women voting, civil rights, okay another: Republicans fought against Dems in joining WWII until Pearl Harbor was struck. okay, three more, the Roman, Spanish and French Inquisitions, more? The Civil War ( Repubs were the Big Gov liberals and the Dems were the conservative state's rights party in the 1800's until the Whig Party collapsed around 1900) More? Gays in the military were going "to destroy the military." So far, no news of that.. Renewable energy, the environment, adherence to the bible n' guns (just like Geebus!). The Earth is round and not the center of the Universe by the way.. oh and it's not flat. Invading Iraq when Saddam was going to walk out before the bombs fell anyway? Time will show again and again how conservatives just can't get over their ideology to make the correct social, environmental and economic long-term decisions.

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Response to vkkv (Reply #25)

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 12:41 PM

26. "Look it up, read about it somewhere other than here. Learn something." tsk tsk.

 

For your information, I study it. Care to debate me on climate change? Shall we start with your interesting choice of words: "rapid changes to our climate"?

I strongly suggest you simply slink away. You've already made an ass of yourself by suggesting I know nothing of climate change and that I'm a conservative. However, if you choose to engage, I'm happy to finish the task.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #19)

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 01:53 PM

28. ok - it seems I have misunderstood.

I thought you were saying that Climate Change denial was understandable.

I do apologize but your post was not clear to me. I present on Climate Change and am very active in addressing it at the local and national levels. I am used to people not being aware of the dire state we are in --- but was taken aback that denial of the issue was coming from a long time DUer. I am glad I was wrong!

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 01:57 PM

14. This is really, really sad.

and Republicans in Congress sit there like idiots....idiots with a snowball.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 02:27 PM

18. I'm sorry. We can't talk about it. There's only time for Hillary's emails and Benghazi.

This is sarcasm, of course. I'm totally stunned the media is paying near zero attention to what is happening out west. Maybe when drinking water is rationed and lawn sprinklers are permanently disabled?

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2015, 02:43 PM

20. It's obviously photoshopped.

Someone just painted more and more snow and a few clouds over the original photo. Look how everything else stays the same

Climate change is a hoax.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 12:42 PM

27. Psssst...

dont look over there


look

over


here



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Response to NoJusticeNoPeace (Reply #27)

Wed Mar 25, 2015, 11:36 PM

29. Oooo...A shiny object! n/t

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