At Least We Have The Beach

At Least We Have The Beach

I am sorry—I just can't bring myself to write about the California wildfires. If you want quality coverage, there is of course the LA Times, but also Daniel Swain's twitter feed is very good (he is a climate scientist at UCLA).

Also worth your attention is this Arizona Republic feature on the effort to save the state's Ponderosa Pine stands (the largest in the world). They ask the question, How much can we save? The answer is about 50%—or so they hope.

No, it's not dystopic science fiction, it's an actual restoration plan (aka aggressive thinning) to save the state's most defensible groves. Absent such action, the baseline assumption is that all of Arizona's forests will be destroyed by megafires by the end of this century.

So saving 50% would actually be good news, I guess.

Here on the coast, it's been a warm but otherwise quiet summer. We are generally having foggy overnights, as you'd expect, but the ocean surface temps have been running some ten degrees above normal, making for warm rather than cool fog: good beach weather, but pretty sticky around the house.

Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents




Dan Conger August 10, 2018 at 1:26 am

In Sacramento we have had smoke, smoke, smoke ... like, the air quality is so bad the authorities don’t want people exercising outside bad. Our pool hasn’t been used in about a month as a result. What will the world be like in a century? No more snows on the high peaks of Africa? The Sierra largely becomes a desert mountain range? Who knows ...



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