California drought: Natural patterns, not human-caused climate change, federal study finds

Mercury News: Natural patterns, not human-caused climate change, produced one of California's worst droughts, researchers have concluded. An atmospheric ridge over the North Pacific, which limited rain and snowfall over the past three years, was "due to natural variations of ocean systems, with sea surface temperatures largely responsible," said Richard Seager, lead author of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-sponsored study, in a Monday news conference. The conditions that led to the drought,......

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