A Colder Climate is a Drier Climate

Cold air brings more drought than warm air. Why do the warmest insist that warm air and droughts are our biggest danger?

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by David Archibald

In trying to understand how the US agricultural system will respond to lower solar activity, and thus a posited colder climate, we have to go way back. As far back as the 1970s in fact when it was still possible for academics to publish books and papers on the effects of climatic cooling. In 1977, Reid Bryson and Thomas Murray published a book entitled Climates of Hunger. The book is old enough that Stephen Schneider is credited with reviewing the manuscript, from his time as a cooling alarmist. 

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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3 Responses to A Colder Climate is a Drier Climate

  1. Anthony j. Mengotto says:

    Russ, very good article post. Now here is proof cooling is happening right now. There is still ice on one of the great lakes in July 20114!!!! Here is the link http://iceagenow.info/2014/07/ice-lake-superior-july/ I do not ever think in history of keeping track of ice melt in the summer has ice ever lasted this long, this far south. Anthony

    • Russ Steele says:

      Yes, I saw it on Ice Age Now. Have you seen the summer “polar vortex” that is defending on the middle of the country. That should slow the ice melting on the lake.

      • Anthony j. Mengotto says:

        Yes, I have heard about it coming. The Weather Channel has been reporting about it this past week. It will be here in New Jersey on the 16th and 17th of July. This also happened during the Dalton Minimum, according to the weather records of the Philadelphia area. I could not figure as to why this happened back then. Was it solar related? Or was it volcano related? Or was it the ocean currents . Now I know it was jet stream related. I think this is going to be the new norm for the rest of this solar cycle and into the next cycle also. As long as they both stay weak. If history repeats itself, according to what the sun did back then, this will happen more often when were into solar cycle 25. And will be more pronounced.

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