One year ago today, Andrew Dessler of Texas A&M University declared that Texas was in a permanent drought and heatwave.
Get used to it. The weather of the 21st century will be very much like the hot and dry weather of 2011. Giving extra credibility to this forecast is the fact that the weather extremes that we are presently experiencing were predicted in the first edition in 1995.
So how are Dessler’s weather extremes looking one year later? West Texas is forecast to be about 12C below normal today, with heavy rain across the entire state.
Does this mean we aren’t having the worst global warming heat wave ever?
OH, I also seem to remember last year’s summer heat waves were more of a humid variety, which was supposed to be the heat wave of the global warming future we would be seeing from now on in our hotter, moisture-laden world. Except this year’s heat wave was a dry heat. Uh oh.
When approximately 10 states has 120 degree heat in 1936, that was dry heat. Who do we blame for that? We have not remotely approached those temps this summer.
Dessler should have to answer for this. Any time he speaks at a press conference, there should be a question about it. Any article quoting him should mention that he said it. Also, he owes Rick Perry an apology.