Friday, July 6, 2012

Quote of the day

Summer is barely two weeks old and two-thirds of the country is in the grip of a severe drought. More crops will die. More forests will burn. More power brokers will become familiar with the consequences of a derecho. It sounds biblical, but smart scientists have been predicting this very cycle.
Read the whole article (NYT). This exceptionally bad beginning to the fire season -- which has already destroyed 346 homes in Colorado Waldo Canyon fire alone, and an additional 259 homes in the High Park fire, a total of more than 600 homes in Colorado in the first few weeks of summer -- is down to dry conditions likely related to the recent La Nina coupled with global warming. Hot and dry is a bad combination.

1 comment:

  1. 346 homes burned in the Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs, CO. The previous record was for the 259 homes that have just burned in the High Park Fire near Fort Collins, CO.