Trust Our Scientific Betters

A gaggle of nerds from Alaska’s International Arctic Research Center have been investigating the drought in Southeast Alaska. The findings will literally blow your mind.

“Drought in Southeast Alaska does not look anything like what people think a drought looks like,” said Rick Thoman, an Alaska climate specialist with the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ International Arctic Research Center. “Ketchikan gets 100 inches of rain in a year, and oh, it’s in drought.”

One hundred inches of rain, and they call that a drought. Wow…

The nerd continues.

“Every drought is different. Every drought has its own signature, its own physical quantities, its own impact,” said Andrew Hoell, a research meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Precip was about 80% of average over three years. You wouldn’t think 80% of average in a rainforest is a big deal.”

Hoell and Thoman worked together on the project, analyzing the causes, impacts and future of droughts in the region. The 2016-2019 drought led to water shortages for drinking and power plants, impaired salmon hatching, insect outbreaks and more wildfires in the region.

Are you ready to learn why there is a drought in Southeast Alaska? Here ya go…

“Temperatures were consistently high,” Hoell said in a phone interview. “Over the course of three years, they were 1 to 1.5 degrees Celsius higher than normal. A 1 to 1.5 degree bump on 5 degrees average is a big deal.”

So wait a minute. You mean to tell me that the drought originated because of high temperatures and a lack of rain? Holy crap, that’s brilliant!

In other news, after a thorough investigation, I found pretty ladies don’t come up to me as much anymore, because I’m old, dimwitted, and arguably the ugliest man in Pennsylvania.

6 thoughts on “Trust Our Scientific Betters

  1. Droughts result in higher than average temperatures?

    Duh! Why do you think so many high temperature records were set in the Dust Bowl Years? When those daily records are broken it is usually during a later drought period too.

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  2. Cathy – Free government money! To be shared between, like, three people.

    RD – My only guess is the “scientists” went to University of Miami, or Hollywood Upstairs Medical College.

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  3. Ketchikan is part of Alaska’s rain forest country. I hope AlGore (aka man/bear/pig) beachfront property gets flooded when the north & south poles totally melt…and he can’t get in to where his ill gotten $$$ is hidden.

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  4. I know this is a cop blog and years ago I showed up here because I am a former cop. But… I retired from one of the wokest, most politically correct organizations within the U.S. Government. That would be the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. No, I wasn’t a scientist there, I was a computer geek who ran network there for a bunch of NOAA people. All I can say is that these people are like most of the government and I wouldn’t trust a thing any of them ever say any more than I’d trust anyone else in the government. A freakin’ drought in a place with 100″ of rain a year. I have a bridge to sell you. Oh, wait, Ketchikan already has a bridge somebody sold them. It doesn’t go anywhere. You can read about it here: https://www.heritage.org/budget-and-spending/report/the-bridge-nowhere-national-embarrassment

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