The current general trend being observed in California is drier weather with more extreme heat. This means more outbreaks of often uncontrollable forest fires, as well as declines in seasonal precipitation, which could fundamentally threaten California’s water rights system.
The link I am posting below was published by the National Academy of Sciences.
Just to add on to the above, increased temperatures are also leading to greater winter flooding. This is a result of shrinking glaciers in California’s mountains; the less water locked away in these glaciers, the less ice available to melt in the summer. Moreover, higher temperatures are resulting in earlier and more voluminous melting, which also results in less melt water available in the summer. This holds true even if total rainfall remains constant or even increases.
In addition to water and temperature shifts, however, prognostications for climate change include adverse affects on California’s agriculture and fishing industries, forests and coastline, and energy supply. The California government’s Climate Change portal has more information on possible implications and counter-action plans, included below.
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