Extreme natural events, not man-made climate change, led to last year’s historic drought according to a new study.
The federal study released Friday says moist gulf air didn’t stream northward in late spring and the few summer storms we had produced little rainfall causing the drought.
“Neither ocean states nor human-induced climate change, factors that can provide long-lead predictability, appeared to play significant roles in causing severe rainfall deficits over the major corn producing regions of central Great Plains,” the report said.
Researchers labeled this drought the worst since records began in 1895, it cost an estimated $12 billion in economic losses.
The study’s authors include 20 scientists from several universities and NOAA. The group believe the drought was, “maybe a once in a couple hundred years event.”