What we are seeing is a heat build up that is certainly capable opf producing a huge drought throughout the western States. Add to that the pending collapse of the ogallala aquifer and we have a complete collapse of irrigation and agriculture generally in the West. The prognosis was dire anyway and they are now becoming far worse.
The solution to this crisis which is not recognised yet will be either the Eden machine described by myself as minimized reverse refrigeration or alternately the passive dew production now mastered recently in the Sahel. See earlier post on this. At least we now have options.
They will radically alter the way we do agriculture but we must do that anyway. A water crisis will surely hasten it along.
Megadrought: Huge Surge of Pacific Heat Fails to Start El Nino, Heats Planet to 3 Warmest Months
WED JUL 30, 2014 AT 05:45 AM PDTChances of a western north America megadrought of an intensity not seen since before the arrival of European explorers just went up. The largest surge of heat ever recorded moving west to east in the Pacific ocean along the equator just dissipated heating the planet to the warmest 3 months in history, but failing to produce an El Nino. Strong El Nino events intensify the jet stream across the Pacific, bringing rain to California and the southwestern U.S. Although a number of climate models still predict an El Nino, the chance of a drought breaking strong El Nino has gone way down with the passing of this huge Kelvin wave.
An enormous Kelvin wave, the strongest surge of heat ever recorded crossing the equatorial Pacific ocean failed to start an El Nino as the heat moved off the equator.
100% of California is in severe (yellow orange), extreme (red orange) or exceptional (dark red) drought.
Heat from the largest Kelvin wave ever seen along the equator in the Pacific ocean has moved poleward, heating the subtropical and temperate Pacific waters.
For the ocean, the June global sea surface temperature was record warm, at 0.64°C (1.15°F) above the 20th century average of 16.4°C (61.5°F). This marks the first time that the monthly global ocean temperature anomaly was higher than 0.60°C (1.08°F) and surpasses the previous all-time record for any month by 0.05°C (0.09°F); the previous record of +0.59°C (1.06°F) was first set in June 1998 and tied in October 2003, July 2009, and just last month in May 2014. Similar to May, scattered sections across every major ocean basin were record warm. Notably, large parts of the western equatorial and northeastern Pacific Ocean and nearly all of the Indian Ocean were record warm or much warmer than average for the month.
Stronger than normal winds in the eastern Pacific near south America from 20April 2014 to 20July 2014 blew heat off of the equator and the coast of South America towards an area east of New Zealand.
The global oceans are stunningly warm now, smashing previous records for anomalous heat.
June 2014 was the warmest June on record globally. Global warming never paused. The oceans are continuing to take up extraordinary amounts of heat.