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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

This is what a climate change reckoning looks like. "All of it is embedded in the background trend of things getting warmer," Lareau says. "The atmosphere as it gets warmer is thirstier." Like a giant atmospheric mosquito, climate change is sucking California dry. The consequence is fires of unprecedented, almost unimaginable scale.

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"A windstorm barreling from the east just set the stage for this week's burning disaster. It's a normal phenomenon that comes from the jet stream, which this time of year grows stronger. North and south "meanders" in the jet stream, known as troughs and ridges, get amplified.

These cold air masses travel through the Great Basin in Nevada and spill over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in eastern California. Big meanders set up very-high-pressure areas that accelerate winds.

"I always like to say nothing good comes from an east wind in California," Lareau adds.

As the air descends at an accelerating pace, it warms up and drives the relative humidity down. Which brings us to our second factor in the horror show: fuel -- lots of it. It may be November, but California is still extremely dry, which means plenty of vegetation that's primed to go up in flames.

The east winds further dehydrate the vegetation. This is where something called the evaporative demand drought index comes in. "You can think about it as how thirsty the atmosphere is," Lareau says.

"How strongly does the atmosphere want to pull water out of the vegetation and out of the ground?"

"It's hot, dry, and windy, are your ingredients," he adds. "We checked off all three here."

It was no coincidence that these fires landed all at once. "Literally the same air mass is what's causing the beginnings of a strong Santa Ana event ongoing now, as this air mass sags south through California," Lareau says.

This is what a climate change reckoning looks like. "All of it is embedded in the background trend of things getting warmer," Lareau says. "The atmosphere as it gets warmer is thirstier." Like a giant atmospheric mosquito, climate change is sucking California dry."

exerpts.... since some people can't be bothered to click the link, you know, because this is all, "a game".

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-14 05:26 PM | Reply

exCerpts

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2018-11-14 05:27 PM | Reply

This thread won't get much attention.

Too much science stuff.

Now. If the title read, "Trump wrong again. It's climate change."

You'd have Nulli rushing in to tell us it's the fault of the immigrants.

And the rest of the cabal of morons arguing nothing can be done because it's not real, or China won't curb its pollution so why should we.

Green technologies are the only means to a sustainable future. But. Oil Barrons won't let the peasants disrupt their cash cow.

#3 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-11-14 06:37 PM | Reply

PG&E may have a problem. Their infrastructure is a bit sketchy and may have contributed to starting it.

#4 | Posted by bat4255 at 2018-11-14 08:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

More here.

www.cnn.com

#5 | Posted by bat4255 at 2018-11-14 10:29 PM | Reply

And here.

www.wsj.com

#6 | Posted by bat4255 at 2018-11-14 10:50 PM | Reply

San Diego has cameras throughout forest high points and is able to respond very quickly when a fire starts somewhere.

#7 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-11-14 10:56 PM | Reply

There was a time when forest managers felt that the fires were a natural phenomena; that we should just let them burn themselves out i.e. it was nature's way of clearing out the old and making way for the new. That gave way to the current approach i.e. fighting the fires. Since these fires are a natural outgrowth of climate change, fighting the fires is not enough. We have upset the balance of nature and must do what we can to prevent them from occurring. We must clear out the fuel until we can change the conditions that create so much fuel in the first place! In other words, we must help nature clear out the old to make way for the new.

This is a situation where public and private cooperation could go a long way to improve forest management. Spend public resources on 1) the development of environmentally friendly best practices for fire prevention, suppression and forest recovery technology and techniques; 2) planning and oversight of private contractors. Spend private resources on plan implementation (i.e. logging).

Include all interest groups (environmental, logging groups, outdoor enthusiasts, etc.) early in the R&D, planning and oversight phase. Develop clear, unambiguous, written rules as to how/where/when logging will be performed. Train contractors on these techniques and rules. Full participation by all interest groups should lead to a more successful implementation.

Trump was right to call attention to the problem of inadequate forest management. However, as usual, he did so in his usual ignorant, inarticulate and adversarial manner. Even a blind squirrel can find a nut every now and then.

#8 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2018-11-15 06:30 AM | Reply

I guess the fire problem has nothing to do with more and more people moving out into the bush.

#9 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-11-15 11:08 AM | Reply

I guess the fire problem has nothing to do with more and more people moving out into the bush.

#9 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Nobody is saying that at all.

But then again, most people can have two ideas in their head at the same time so...

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2018-11-15 11:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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