Monday, August 2

West Coast

California, Climate change, Drought, Heat wave, Power Grid, reservoir, Satellite Images, Science, West Coast, Wildfires

Images from space show California’s forests and lakes drying out in a record mega-drought

The climate crisis is bearing down hard on the western US.Historic drought and heat are converging on western states to create the perfect storm for depleted reservoirs, strained power grids, and rampant wildfires later this summer. The effects are so stark, you can see them from space.Satellite images show that the hills outside Los Angeles are significantly more parched, brown, and dry than they were this time last year. Drag the slider back and forth on the below image to see the difference."I'm worried about this summer," Kathleen Johnson, a paleoclimatologist at the University of California, Irvine, told The Guardian. "This current drought is potentially on track to become the worst that we've seen in at least 1,200 year...
Blackouts, California, Climate change, Drought, Heat wave, Power Grid, Science, Water Shortage, West Coast, Wildfires

Drought maps show the western US at its driest in 20 years — a ticking time bomb for even more fires and power failures

The western US was already withering in severe drought when a heat wave struck last week. Temperatures reached 116 degrees Fahrenheit in Las Vegas, 115 in Phoenix, and over 110 for eight days straight in Tucson. Daily highs shattered hundreds of records across the West, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency, saying the heat wave put "significant demand and strain on California's energy grid."The hottest months lie ahead, so this early extreme weather could foreshadow another devastating fire season. Last year's fires burned a record 4 million acres in California, 1.07 million in Oregon, and at least 713,000 in Washington.Current drought conditions across the West and Southwest are more widespread and...