Climate Change Could Make CA Wetter, Study Finds
Jul 9, 2017 at 11:30am
Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune
California could get wetter — not drier — in coming decades, according to a UC Riverside study that upends some conventions about climate change.
Climate change could make California wetter, study finds The study, by climatology professor Robert Allen and graduate student Rainer Luptowitz, was published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature Communications. It ran climate forecasts through a suite of models, and projected that California will get 12 percent more rain through the end of this century than it did in the last two decades of the 20th century.
Climate change could make California wetter, study finds That conclusion runs counter to most previous climate forecasts, which show the state growing increasingly hot and arid. Instead, the UCR study states, California could experience what amounts to ongoing El Nino conditions, with warm, wet winters becoming the norm.
Climate change could make California wetter, study finds “My study kind of goes against prior studies,” Allen said. “It’s kind of the first study that suggests California might get wetter.”
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