Geese Flying South? Trees Changing? California's Troubles...

Yup, saw a flock of geese rolling south today and have heard folks talking about the trees changing.  This may be a touch early, but shouldn't really be any surpise.  Given the coolish and wet Summer we have had, one would certainly think we may enter into Fall early.  If you've been reading our blog, you know I've been saying this for months.  In fact, record lows were set this morning in the Northern Plains and Midwest.  Mason City, Iowa dropped to 38 degrees this morning!  Pretty chilly for the last morning of August...  While I don't see any chilly weather headed our way, it has been a cool Summer to our north, which is no doubt prompting the geese to head south a bit ahead of schedule.  The trees, especially at the higher elevations, are changing due to the occasional wet and cool weather as well as cool night.  Several nights have been in the 40's for elevations above 7500 feet, with 30's above that...

California...  Boy, these people can't get a break.  If it isn't earthquakes, it's wildfires, if it isn't wildfires, it's flooding and mudslides, etc.  Right now, the wildfires that are producing the haze around here are massive and going to get worse before they get better.  A month or so ago, I blogged about how California was in trouble with the drought and soon to be in double trouble with the wildfires.  Well, here we are...

   

Huge wildfires are burning in California after severe drought has caused ripe fire conditions in the state.  The other problem?  El Nino.  El Nino usually brings heavy Fall and Winter precipitation to Southern California.  The heavy rain falling on the scorched earth will likely cause mudslides and give these folks more problems before it gets better.

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

 

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