You Know That Gorgeous Poppy Superbloom In California? Yeah, It’s All About ‘Climate Change’ Or Something

I’ve mentioned the superbloom of poppies before, in terms of idiots ruining it as they step on all the flowers in a mass inflow of people looking to get their social media photo of themselves, which forced the town to shut visitation down. Heck, you even had some idiot land a helicopter on the poppies to get a selfie (they didn’t, a ranger chased them off, and they are now under investigation). The IAYS photo from yesterday is from the superbloom. A super bloom is not in any way unusual, it happens now and then, just like you’ll all of a sudden see all the trees bloom. But, you know, unhinged Warmists, like Miriam Pawel, who, like most Cult of Climastrology cultists, sees beautiful flowers and screeches “climate change!!!!!!”

California Is Swooning Over a Heavenly Super Bloom of Wildflowers
Exceptional beauty is a welcome respite in a place that has been battered by extreme climate conditions.

Can’t even make it past the subhead

When I first moved to Southern California, I was struck by the Friday afternoon conversations in which colleagues discussed their weekend hiking plans the way New Yorkers would talk about where they might have brunch. Almost everyone hiked, and they were eager to extol the merits of favorite trails.

I soon came to understand that this reflected something larger: the importance of Californians’ relationship with the outdoors. The climate was not a punch line, but a reality that shaped lifestyles. Only after years of reading history did I appreciate the extent to which the natural world has always been intrinsic to California’s identity. (the tweet is not part of the story, just wanted a few gorgeous photos)

So the exuberant embrace of this year’s “super bloom,” an exceptional show of wildflowers coloring normally barren hillsides and desert valleys, makes perfect sense. The wildflower hotlines and daily website updates, the Instagram selfies in poppy fields, the pilgrimages to find the rare ghost flower, represent the latest iteration of traditions that date back to the 19th century, when thousands of hikers took to the Southern California foothills every weekend.

This super bloom has offered a particularly welcome respite, a reminder that the increasingly extreme climate conditions can produce beauty as well as destruction, wondrous golden fields as well as mudslides and wildfires. The conditions necessary to transform millions of long-dormant seeds into an explosion of flowers generally occur about once a decade; they are drought followed by abundant rain, temperatures not too hot and not too cold, and an absence of strong wind. Parts of the state had abundant displays of wildflowers in 2005, and again in 2017, after several years of severe drought had cleared out invasive plants that can choke the delicate flowers. This year’s bloom is more widespread — purple and yellow sprays along freeway medians, golden poppies covering hillsides that glow orange from miles away, and desert valleys filled with dozens of species, some not seen for decades.

See? There’s absolutely nothing unusual about the super bloom, but, it’s still all your fault for daring to drive a fossil fueled vehicle instead of taking the train and eating cow burgers instead of going vegan.

Oh, and the exuberant embrace wasn’t because so many people wanted to be awed by the super bloom: it was because they wanted a narcissistic photo of them there for their Instagram and other social media. Not everyone, mind you. But, they were the ones ruining it for everyone else.

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4 Responses to “You Know That Gorgeous Poppy Superbloom In California? Yeah, It’s All About ‘Climate Change’ Or Something”

  1. Bill Bear says:

    It has now been 15 days since a white supremacist massacred 50 people in New Zealand… and Porter Good has yet to denounce the killer’s actions.

    This reveals far more about Porter Good’s character than he might think.

    • formwiz says:

      So much for the Earth.

      This reveals far more about Whiny The Poo’s character than she might think.

  2. JGlanton says:

    To be fair, I don’t think she wrote anything about AGW being a factor in the suberbloom. Other people have, though. I think she is referring to the natural climate extremes that lead to desert wildflower cycles.

  3. JGlanton says:

    Methane warming exaggerated by 400%

    Traditional greenhouse gas accounting ignores the impact of changing methane emission rates while grossly exaggerating the impact of steady methane emissions”. And –

    “Climate policy the world over has traditionally treated every tonne of methane as supposedly “equivalent” to 28 tonnes of carbon dioxide… It isn’t.

    To find the carbon dioxide emissions that would actually have a similar impact on global temperature as methane emissions, you need to multiply those methane emissions by seven (not 28), and add the rate of change of methane emissions (measured in tonnes of methane per year per year), multiplied by 2100.”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/03/30/methane-warming-exaggerated-by-400/

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