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Why This Matters: Some cities gained not just weeks, but more than a month of summer. What could be so bad about more summer and less winter? (We can just imagine the tweets were the President to get a hold of this fact) Let us count the ways: it lengthens the time vulnerable populations are heat stressed, it could decrease water availability, it might expand the wildfire season, as well as increase pests harmful to forestry and agriculture, not to mention humans. And if the change is this significant, the ripple effects on other species besides us humans are too numerous to count, but will no doubt be significant as well.
Mega-storms caused by atmospheric rivers were once thought to be once-in-a-millennia occurrences, but atmospheric rivers are flooding California more frequently due to the warming atmosphere. The latest mega-storm may put a dent in the mega-drought, but experts say California may be trapped in a vicious wet/dry cycle. It may not be time for Californians to build an ark just yet, but climate-resilient infrastructure would […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer After a record-breaking drought, much of the West and Southwest has been hoping for a winter of rain. But with scientists predicting a second consecutive winter with La Niña conditions, the dry spell may be prolonged. La Niña is a climate pattern that tends to produce droughts in the […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor As California’s summer fire season comes to a close, autumn’s Santa Ana winds have intensified a fast-moving wildfire now terrorizing Santa Barbara County. The Alisal fire began Monday afternoon. Since then, it has engulfed 16,801 acres and is only 5% contained, according to CalFire. As a result, a portion […]
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