A missing sign of spring signals potential for severe wildfire season in California

Cars drive along the San Francisco Bay Bridge under a smoky sky.
Cars drive along the San Francisco Bay Bridge under an orange smoke-filled sky at midday in San Francisco.
Harold Postic | AFP via Getty Images 2020

What Craig Clements saw in the mountains of Santa Cruz this month shocked him. This time of year, there should be new green shoots everywhere. But the shrubs aren’t putting out new growth this April.

Clements, director of the Fire Weather Research Laboratory at San José State University, says that’s never happened before.

He joined Climate Cast this week to talk about what that could mean for California’s fire season this year.

Click play on the audio player above or subscribe to the Climate Cast podcast to hear more. 

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