Arizona's Wildfires and Climate Change

And so it begins again.  In 2012, while much of the U.S. was experiencing a drought, out came the series of climate alarmism articles in the mainstream media.  Now that the wildfire season is underway in the western states, we see the same pattern emerging again. The Associated Press's recent coverage of the Arizona wildfires, in a story provocatively entitled "How climate change affected the Arizona wildfire," included the following claim: "In Arizona, where a drought has persisted for nearly two decades." Moving over to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) for Arizona can be obtained between 1895 and 2012 on annual (January-December) and summertime (June-August) bases.  The PDSI indicates drought conditions when index values are less than -1.99.  Between 1992 and 2012, the average annual PDSI for Arizona was -1.03 -- or in the mid-range region between moist and drought conditions.  Only 9 years over this...(Read Full Post)