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Warming West Is Ground Zero for Wildfires


Environment  (tags: climate-change, climate, climatechange, globalwarming, globalwarming )

Chris
- 3981 days ago - sfgate.com
California has been hit by 2,000 fires this year, and climate scientists are predicting that the situation will worsen as temperatures rise.



   

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Elainna Crowell (174)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 2:15 am
I grew up in Southern California and am grieving over the dreadful devastation of so many of my favourite places.
 

Susan L (118)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 9:38 am
I lived for 3 years in San Diego and fell in love with Juilian and the surrounding area. I've also visited other areas of California and have to admit I fell in love with the Northern part. I'd considered retiring there until I relized the fire danger. I, too, grieve the loss of some of my favorite places. At least I have them in my memory and in pictures. It will take a long time for these areas to recover to the beauty I once saw and fell in love with.

The drier it gets, the worse it is going to get.
 

Chris O (507)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 9:53 am
yup - I lived there 6 years - have seen a lot destroyed (and have breathed smoke for days on end)...
 

Judy Cross (83)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 10:14 am
Droughts exceeding three years are relatively rare in Northern California, the source of much of the State's developed water supply. The 1929-34 drought established the criteria commonly used in designing storage capacity and yield of large Northern California reservoirs. The table below compares the 1929-34 drought in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys to the 1976-77 and 1987-92 droughts. The driest single year of California's measured hydrologic record was 1977. California's most recent multi-year statewide drought was 1987-92.
http://watersupplyconditions.water.ca.gov/background.cfm

 

Chris O (507)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 10:22 am
"Droughts exceeding three years are relatively rare in Northern California"

So what???

Thigs are and will be getting worse. From the article:

"Some of the state's top scientists say the changing water picture is caused by humans producing greenhouse gases, and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts more intense and longer droughts with warmer spring and summer temperatures in the West."

 

Maria Magdalena (294)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 8:09 pm
This fire is very close to my place here in Mariposa as I watch them fly over with fire retardent to put out the flames... it is over 40 percent contained after burning over 30,000 acres and over 25 homes some of friends but no one was hurt. I was wondering ... if it was a HAARP target practice of which the govt. has affected our weather with and caused that freak thunderstorm here on June 21st. I send my love and light to all the over 3000 firefigthers that are here now putting out this fire. Keep us and Mother Earth in your prayers and it will be under control.
 

Chris O (507)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 8:12 pm
Be safe!

HAARP has nothing to do with this in my opinion - there is absolutely no evidence for such a contention...
 

Judy Cross (83)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 8:42 pm
La Nina traditionally causes a shift in precipitation. Here in coastal British Columbia we had a cold wet spring, a dry July and my furnace kicked in two days ago.
 

Chris O (507)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 8:47 pm
Obviously, the experts cited here think it is a long-term, continuing trend...local WEATHER events are meaningless - as you are well aware with all your "research"...
 

LL A (33)
Monday August 4, 2008, 3:30 pm
Dredging up old statistics of past droughts does little to satisfy ANYone's need to know why they just lost everything they owned. I believe it wise to consider the possibility that this is not a weather anomolly that will magically be rectified next year or even the next. HAARP may well be only the means of keeping the public at large in fear-based control. And sidetracked from contemplating the real reason our weather seems so extreme.

 
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