by MN Gordon Economic Prism
Here in the Golden State everything’s brown. The hillsides are dry and the scrubland vegetation’s a giant tinderbox. Sierra snowpack is only 12 percent of normal…the lowest it’s ever been since California began keeping records in 1960.
The wildfires don’t ordinarily arrive until fall. Not until summer and the dry Santa Ana winds have blown through. Yet this year’s far from ordinary. The fires came in January.
The San Gabriel Mountains went up in a blaze several weeks ago. We marveled from the 21st floor of a Figueroa Street skyscraper as a thick layer of black smoke drifted across the Los Angeles basin and down to the Long Beach harbor. An incandescent sunset over San Pedro Bay guided us as we traversed our way home in the evening.
“This could potentially be the driest water year in 500 years,” said University of California Paleoclimatologist B. Lynn Ingram. Obviously, we (Read More....)
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