“Changing climate has not contributed to the lack of rainfall over the long term, as of yet,” he said. Last year’s drought, much like the famed Dust Bowl drought of the 1930s and another significant drought in the 1950s, is tied to rising sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean –– the weather event known as la Niña.
La Nina is unusually cold water in the Pacific, not rising temperatures since the 1930s.
Fortunately, the Texas State Climatologist pointed her stupidity out, though it probably flew right over her head.
“Until we see a long-term decrease in rainfall in Texas, it will be hard to say that climate change has caused a decrease,” Nielsen-Gammon said.