Monday, June 19, 2017

California bakin'

Lethal heat waves to become more frequent, study says

Today's forecast includes triple-digit temperatures across the West. DAILY MAIL

Daily Mail

Macleans / AP

Deadly heat waves like the one broiling California and the West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going to grow more frequent, according to a new comprehensive study of fatal heat conditions. Still, those stretches may be less lethal in the future, as people become accustomed to them. "The U.S. is going to be an oven," said Camilo Mora of the University of Hawaii, lead author of a study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change.


What wet winter means for state's wildfire season

Water Deeply

Above-average precipitation doesn't necessarily mean there will be fewer wildfires this season – the Golden State has already seen more than twice as many acres burned as it did last year. After a winter that left record piles of snow in the mountains and drenched most of California's valleys, it's no surprise that it is grass fires that are fueling a fast start to the state's 2017 fire season.


A guide for water managers in a changing climate

Oxford Water Network

Major droughts are an ever-present threat. Historically droughts have been responded to 'as they happen,' leading to incremental shifts in approach as lessons are learned. One approach is outlined in a new paper that draws from a series of expert workshops, international case studies and analysis of past droughts to develop a framework for Strategic Drought Risk Management (SDRM).