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dry crops worry farmers There’s no doubt that last year’s historic drought will remain etched in farmers’ minds for generations to come, and a new study has named the culprit behind this epic event. 

Man-man climate change -– a scapegoat blamed for similar weather events -– is off the hook.

Instead, extreme natural events led to the drought, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Drought Task Force.

"Neither ocean states nor human-induced climate change, factors that can provide long-lead predictability, appeared to play significant roles in causing severe rainfall deficits over the major corn-producing regions of central Great Plains," the report summary said.

Read the full report here.

Just how bad was the drought? Study leader Martin Hoerling, a NOAA meteorologist, told CNN reporters that the drought in Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota was the worst since record-keeping began in 1895, even eclipsing the notorious Dust Bowl droughts of 1934 and 1936.

"The event was rare, and we estimated maybe a once-in-a-couple-of-hundred-years event," Hoerling said. 

Hoerling added, “I'm an advocate of global warming because science tells me that greenhouse gases have warmed the planet by about 1 degree Celsius in the last 100 years. So there's no question about that," he said. "But the science also tells that every drought that's occurring isn't a result of climate change."

See, “Study: Natural causes, not human activity, behind Plains drought.”

The report also admitted that many meteorologists failed to accurately predict the drought.

“Summertime Great Plains rainfall has been in an upward trend since the early 20th Century and the last major drought occurred 25 years ago in 1988. The 2012 drought thus was a —climate surprise—, and would not have been anticipated from simple considerations of central U.S. rainfall behavior in the recent past,” the authors wrote.

As 2013 summer drought outlook, many climatologists and meteorologists agree that it may rival last summer’s drought, especially in areas west of the Mississippi River. Read more.

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Michigan  |  April, 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

NO, NO, NO! Climate change is responsible for this drought! It was responsible for hurricane Sandy. Climate change is responsible for every newsworthy weather event, drought or flood, rain or shine, blizzard or early spring..everything. Climate change is the newest growth industry and if you let it off the hook our intrepid researchers and bloggers will starve. Rah, rah, rah -- go climate change!!!

Pa  |  April, 17, 2013 at 08:38 AM

Humans are impacting the planet. That is a fact. If you believe it's a good thing that humans impact the planet, that's your opinion and no one can argue with it. But it is mental illness to deny that humans impact the planet.

Pa  |  April, 17, 2013 at 08:52 AM

If you actually read the "full report" you will see that it contains a lot of nice pictures, and maps with temperatures and rainfall patterns, and lots of statements like "in many of the areas with low rainfall, it was also quite hot"...... then the authors state "ocean temperatures and green house gases had nothing to do with the drought". Sorry folks but this is bogus science.

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Mo  |  April, 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM

When the human mind becomes depraved , man begins to worship the ocean,the trees & squiggly bats& wiggle tailed salamanders. His immoral logic reasons that burning food( corn) for energy &placing ape size windmills in the sky is genius . His cause & effect mentality makes him believe he caused the weather

VA  |  April, 19, 2013 at 07:51 AM

Drovers, This is the exception that proves the rule, huh? The longer you go on without refuting the false idea that there is man-caused global warming/climate change, the smellier the egg on your face will get.

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