Much of California Could Have Totally Dry Years By 2050, NASA Says

Summer precipitation varies yearly, but by mid-century a new NASA analysis forecasts basically no rain in much of the Southwest and California in some years, reports Climate Progress. And the Amazon will suffer, too.   “In response to carbon dioxide-induced warming, the global water cycle undergoes a gigantic competition for moisture, resulting in a global pattern of increased heavy rain, decreased moderate rain, and prolonged droughts in certain regions,” said lead NASA study author William Lau.  Equatorial tropical areas will see the most significant increase in heavy rainfall, particularly in the Pacific Ocean and Asian monsoon regions. Some regions outside the tropics may have no rainfall at all. And the length of dry periods will increase globally by with further warming. In the Northern Hemisphere, other areas most likely to be affected include the deserts and arid regions of Mexico, North Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, and northwestern China. In the Southern Hemisphere, such areas include South Africa, northwestern Australia, coastal Central America and northeastern Brazil. Such precipitation changes, Lau said, “can have the most impact on society because they occur in regions where most people live.”

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NASA Projects Carbon Pollution Impact: ‘Some Regions Outside The Tropics May Have No Rainfall At All’ see also: Warming climate likely means more floods, droughts. The Earth’s wettest regions are likely to get wetter while the most arid will get drier due to warming of the atmosphere caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, according to a new NASA analysis of more than a dozen climate models. National Public Radio



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Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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One Response to Much of California Could Have Totally Dry Years By 2050, NASA Says

  1. In the Midwest, we are having excessively dry (and windy) periods now!

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