Mass Takes on Times Pt 1

Mass Takes on Times Pt 1

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, this is today’s Fruit Grower Report. Is the state of Washington currently experiencing serious drought?

University of Washington atmospheric sciences professor, Cliff Mass says that seems to be what a recent Seattle Times story is suggesting …

MASS … “Basically, some outside folks, with a certain viewpoint, are giving money to the Seattle Times to write certain types of stories. And they’re all under this Climate Lab imprimatur. And so, that’s why it’s happening. I mean, it was bad enough before, but it’s way worse because they’re just writing one story after another like this.”

Stories like this, Mass says are so misleading …

MASS … “The more you know, the more you realize what they’re doing. And having that picture of Rattle Snake Lake, which is completely human-controlled, and those are old-growth trees, and it was just, I mean it was just so deceptive on purpose. You know, it just bothered me.”

So, I ask him, are we in a serious drought …

MASS … “The precipitation is pretty close to normal for most stations in the region. So, to me the most important aspect of drought is whether the stuff falling out of the sky is normal, and it is, so there’s no doubt about that. I put in my blog several plots of precipitation in major locations, so no, there’s no drought.”

Tune in tomorrow for Mass’ take on the article’s suggestion that last year’s cherry crop was hurt by drought, and check out check out Cliff’s weather blog at

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