Pretty much every time there's a major storm of some kind, climate change devotees claim that the storm is the direct result of humanity's evil desire to warm their homes and drive cars.
And yet it feels like this just keeps happening:
Although scientists are still studying the size and severity of storms that killed 19 people and caused up to $1 billion in damage, initial assessments suggest the destruction had more to do with California's historic drought-to-deluge cycles, mountainous topography and aging flood infrastructure than it did with climate-altering greenhouse gasses.
Although the media and some officials were quick to link a series of powerful storms to climate change, researchers interviewed by The Times said they had yet to see evidence of that connection. Instead, the unexpected onslaught of rain and snow after three years of punishing drought appears akin to other major storms that have struck California every decade or more since experts began keeping records in the 1800s.
They're not wrong about people being "quick to link" the storms to "climate change."
Here's California Gov. Gavin Newsom:
And prominent progressive commentator Robert Reich:
And the liberal group Democracy Now:
And here's – well, this is awkward:
Well anyway, you get the point.
The usual suspects just flocked to blame these latest storms on climate warming or global change or whatever they're calling it now.
And yet the most knowledgable people are right now like, "Nah."
"A group I call ‘mediaologists' always hype the current situation to make it seem worse than the last one," Gershunov said, using a pithy play on the word meteorologists.
Although scientists still can't say yet where recent storms rank among other epic downpours, they said they did not appear to be one of a kind.
"Overall, it was nothing as big as what we've gone through before," said Jayme Laber, senior hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Los Angeles.