Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Ho, ho … oh no

‘Firefighting at Christmas’ may become the new normal

A holiday decoration adorns a light post as a home burns in Santiago Estates during the Creek fire in Sylmar. SARAH REINGEWIRTZ / Pasadena Star-News

Los Angeles Daily News

KQED San Francisco | AP

A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms. Well into what’s considered the wet season, there’s been nary a drop of rain. That’s good for sun-seeking tourists, but could spell more disaster for a region that emerged this spring from a yearslong drought and now has firefighters on edge because of parched conditions and no end in sight to the typical fire season.


Wildfires & the restorative power of social media

EDM Digest

The wildfires in California grew particularly dangerous and life-threatening this week, prompting extensive emergency management efforts to prevent the blazes from spreading. But one major component of emergency management appears to be working well: communication. Listen to the experts.


New satellite-based global drought severity index

UC Irvine

Just in time for the holidays, researchers at UC Irvine are rolling out a new satellite-based drought severity index for climate watchers worldwide. Relying on data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment mission, the index adds terrestrial water storage (groundwater) to drought assessments, augmenting commonly used tools most often based on the amount of precipitation.