Although we have had rain, we are moving into our fire season with no snow pack in the mountains. Typically, the snow pack would be about five feet deep at this point, and the slow melting of the pack would nurture the trees as they leaf out. Dry weather and no snow pack increase the danger of wildfires, as do warming temperatures.
Our winter was the warmest on record by nearly 2 degrees F, and we had the third least snowy season. Now we are concerned with fire, and perhaps drought. Climate change has real, persistent, impacts on local ecosystems, ours included, and is increasingly a persistent part of our collective storytelling. Continue reading