When the dust from Great Plains hit D.C. in the 1930s, the nation realized something was very wrong. Let the smoke from the Blowout of 2020 awaken us.
Daniel SwainOp-Ed by the inimitable @StephenJPyne. In "The Worst Hard Time," @nytegan recounts tale of dramatic arrival of an apocalyptic dust cloud in Washington, D.C. at height of the Dust Bowl--finally spurring Congress to action. Are we there yet with wildfire?
Daniel SwainThe late Sunday-Monday period looks like it may bring "extremely critical" fire weather conditions to SF Bay Area and the Sierra Nevada western slopes. Very strong offshore winds possible even in lower elevation areas that rarely see them. #CAwx #CAfire
Daniel SwainI wrote a new Weather West blog post today. Days ago, I was hoping that it would be about wildfire-mitigating rains but...alas. The weekend rain has largely evaporated, and more more fire weather concerns are already on the horizon. #CAwx #CAfire
Changes in climate and disturbance regimes may cause abrupt shifts in vegetation communities. Identifying climatic conditions that can limit tree regeneration is important for understanding when and where wildfires may catalyze such changes. This...
Forests are an incredibly important resource across the globe, yet they are threatened by climate change through stressors such as drought, insect outbreaks, and wildfire. Trailing edge forests—those...