2 thoughts on “#Drought set up the conditions for the #MarshallFire — @ColoradoClimate #ActOnClimate

  1. Sections of Colorado have been repeatedly beaten with hurricane force or near hurricane force winds this year. On the evening of the Marshall Fire, winds were measured at 80-100mph.

    A few weeks earlier, the southern section of CO- ~COS on down to Trinidad, had sustained 80-100mph winds over much of the day. The damage to properties and multiple day loss of power were the major victims, ‘fortunately’.

    While the snowpack levels may appear to be OK now, the real fact is that there was a huge deficit in the state until the ‘gully-whomper’ hit. It was ~All or Nothin!

    For those who don’t like the term ‘climate change’- fine: don’t use it. But there is no denying that the month’s long freeze shutting down all of Texas last year, followed by a hurricane and severe storms, crippled many of the industries which provide raw materials for our economy. Tourism to logistics to manufacturing to outright destruction of towns & cities are all at risk. That’s not even touching on the extended droughts hitting the entire western & mountain states. Add loss of agriculture to that list.

    • Tim,
      Thanks for commenting. Yes, the climate change signal is all around us but masked by variability. It is so important for folks to keep talking about the problem. Do you know about Katherine Hayhoe’s book Saving Us? She gives tips for the conversations that we need to have, including caution around terms like climate change.

      John Orr
      http://coyotegulch.blog/

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