Fires Blast California. And it Will Get Worse

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Apocalyptic images from fires around LA.


Southern California has felt yellow wind, orange wind, and red wind. But never purple wind. Until now.

The color-coded system showing the expected strength of the winds driving the region’s fierce wildfires has reached uncharted territory, pushing past red, which means “high” into the color that means “extreme.”

“The forecast for tomorrow is purple,” said Ken Pimlott, director at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “We’ve never used purple before.”

Scientific American:

Loss of ice cover in the Arctic could spur more droughts in California, according to a new study by federal researchers.

The study, published today in Nature Communications, finds that sea-ice loss in the Arctic could trigger atmospheric effects that drive precipitation away from California. The research was led by atmospheric scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

It’s the same kind of effect that contributed to…

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