NOAA also says that the extent and severity of the 2012 Central Great Plains Drought was not predicted.
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According to an Assessment Report of the NOAA Drought Task Force, the 2012 central Great Plains drought was not caused by climate change.
In fact, the task force concluded that the drought resulted mostly from natural variations in weather and that human-induced climate change did not seem to play a significant role in the severe rainfall deficits that impacted the central Great Plains between May-August 2012.