Washington State Climatologist Talks Marine Heat Waves, Water Resources, Climate Change; 2014-15 A Dress Rehearsal For Future

October 16th, 2019

The newest marine heat wave off the West Coast that emerged this summer and resembles what became known as “the Blob” of 2014 and 2015 is not as warm and it already is diminishing in strength, according to Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist.

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NOAA Study: Heat Waves Could Increase Substantially In Size By Mid-Century, Pressure On Peak Electrical Loads, Grid

October 10th, 2019

The planet baked under the sun this summer as temperatures reached the hottest ever recorded and heat waves spread across the globe. While the climate continues to warm, scientists expect the frequency and intensity of heat waves to increase. However, a commonly overlooked aspect is the spatial size of heat waves, despite its important implications.

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Study Of Past California Wildfires Suggests Climate Change Will Be Main Driver Of Increased Fire Activity

October 10th, 2019

In the wake of recent wildfires that have ravaged northern and central California, a new study finds that the severity of fire activity in the Sierra Nevada region has been sensitive to changes in climate over the past 1,400 years. The findings suggest that future climate change is likely to drive increased fire activity in the Sierras.

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Study Looks At How ‘Climate Reshuffling’ Since 1980s Has Impacted Salmon Productivity In Alaska, B.C., Washington

October 3rd, 2019

Traditionally it was thought that warm coastal water temperatures in Alaska were considered beneficial for salmon productivity, while the opposite was true off the coasts of British Columbia and Washington State where warmer temperatures were not as good for salmon.

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