Public figures and members of the media have already speculated that climate change was to blame for recent severe weather across the state of California — but climate scientists are now saying that is not necessarily the case.
The Los Angeles Times reported that scientists told the outlet they have not seen proof of a direct relationship between the recent storms and a changing climate. The storms, rather, are similar to other mega weather events that have hit the state in the past since the 1800s.
The uncertainty of what led to the weather events did not stop some, including Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, from jumping to conclusions that climate change was leading to the rain.
Last week, Newsom tweeted, “Megadroughts. Wildfires. Historic floods and atmospheric rivers. This whiplash weather is not