Wild Behavior: California’s Wild Fire Season Proves Unpredictable

California’s recent fumigating fire seasons have stretched unsettlingly far into the year, with devastating flames sprouting in November and December. But this year, thankfully, the chance of fire has decreased. 


Rainfall in the colder months of California has already halted some of the fires. Meteorology Experts expect a major storm headed to southern California. They hope that the rain will suppress the fires. And a major storm that is expected to be unleashed across the state this week is likely to do the same for the southern half of California, said Craig Clements, director of San Jose State University’s Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center.


There are practically no guarantees when it comes to California’s increasingly year-round fire season that they will stop for long periods.


A prolonged dry period could follow these upcoming rainy weeks, as happened last year, which could allow fire danger to creep back up, experts say. And the risk of fires in Southern 


California, while expected to be greatly diminished after this week’s storms, will remain higher than in the northern part of the state, as winter fires fueled by the Santa Ana winds are always more common there.


Still, these autumn rains are indisputably good news, particularly after predictions of drier-than-usual La Niña conditions over fall and winter. 


“The storms will most likely yield significant benefits for both California’s ongoing water shortage and its fire season, especially in the cooler and wetter northern parts of the state”, said 

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles.


California’s is a hot furnace, with fires, blazes, and spontaneous combustion. You never know what to expect when you step foot outside.


But what does this mean for south Texas? For several years, Texas has been a Bi-Polar mess of climate. Outrageously hot summers and, Unfathomly cold winters are now a namesake. Individuals complain about more suitable weather.


What’s your opinion of the hotter and colder environment in San Antonio? “I’m not particularly fond of the hot weather but, I enjoy the colder weather.” Why do you suppose that it gets increasingly hotter and colder? “I’m not well versed in this topic but I enjoy the cold weather.”Tristen Ellis (11)


Because of the cold winters in the North, the year-long furnace of the west, and the tropical weather of the gulf, San Antonio suffers greatly. San Antonio got the shorthand of the stick since every year it seems that weather extremes increase. For decades, San Antonio has been increasingly hot. We all know that cities are inherently hotter than the surrounding countryside. a phenomenon that has become known as the “Urban Heat Island” in which cities are warmer than the surrounding countryside. A big part of this is due to the absorption of the heat from the sun by buildings, parking lots, and roadways, which is then radiated back to the city environment. The weather from the North, South, and Gulf is out of our control but we still can do something about the impending heat in the future.


Our main cooling system isn’t man-made, It’s organic. The massive deforestation of trees in our urban, flat city causes heat to rise. A significant amount of heat dispersion is alleviated with trees. It takes a while for trees to grow back, so the only thing we can do that doesn’t involve us spending any money is to stop cutting down trees. 

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