Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

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Brush fire near El Capitan on October 17, 2019 (Photo: CHP)

By an edhat reader

Santa Barbara has been featured in a Washington Post article covering climate change in California.

The article has an interview with the manager of the El Capitan Canyon Campground and how they've been negatively affected by fire and mudslides in the past few years. 

Research is showing that our once mild climate is growing hotter, drier, and windier creating intense wildfires, deadly mudslides, and extreme drought. Our area is warming at double the rate of the continental United States.

"Since 1895, the average temperature in Santa Barbara County has warmed by 2.3 degrees Celsius, according to The Post's analysis. Neighboring Ventura County has heated up even more rapidly. With an average temperature increase of 2.6 degrees Celsius since preindustrial times, Ventura ranks as the fastest-warming county in the Lower 48 states," the article states.

It's a very interesting read and I'm curious what other edhatters think. Here's the link to the full article.

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Chip of SB Dec 10, 2019 05:39 PM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

Excellent point! In addition to the station moving, the city has changed a bit since 1895. Roads and buildings create localized warming that is not representative of the climate in general. I will investigate further...

Chip of SB Dec 10, 2019 01:44 PM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

Does anyone know what data they used to come up with their conclusion that the temperature increased by 2.3 degrees C (4.14 degrees F) since 1895? Did they use temperature station daily highs and lows, or some other data?

a-1576047300 Dec 10, 2019 10:55 PM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

Pitmix - As CHIP said earlier. The data on temperature is not conclusive. FYI I chose not to have kids specifically because the world is not the same as it was for me, and it will never be again. So there is my contribution to reducing the impacts of climate change. More people = more traffic, more fires, more drain on natural resources. Much bigger impact than the Prius you probably drive.

PitMix Dec 10, 2019 04:01 PM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

Really, you two don't want to google your question to find the readily available info? There are so many studies out there summarizing their methods. Maybe it is best continuing on your merry way and believing that things are not getting hotter with more storms and rising sea levels. And that things will be the same for your kids as they were for you. At least you won't have to worry so much.

a-1576017385 Dec 10, 2019 02:36 PM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

CHIP That’s a good question . I was born and raised here and in my 47 years of life Santa Barbara has actually gotten cooler and more mild. We no longer seem to have the July-October heat fest where I recall weeks of 95 degree temperatures . Nor do we have the crazy rain storms we used to. Droughts come and go but when they used to go boy did it rain and hail. I am curious to know where all the research came from.?

a-1576006272 Dec 10, 2019 11:31 AM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

Another article blaming “climate change” as the cause for doom and disaster. The temperature data used in this article cover a period of 124 years, which is 0.000003% of the age of the earth. This is equivalent to drawing conclusions on the overall health of a 50 year-old patient by observing the person’s temperature change over a 30 second period.

qmc Dec 10, 2019 10:23 AM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

Fire is a natural thing in the wild, but thanks to actively trying to suppress fires since the 1920s, we have created a bad situation.
In the comments, it was mentioned that we should stop prescribed burns. That's one of the problems, decades-old brush. After each major front-range fire, prescribed burns are talked about but never acted on. So, the raging fires will keep on happening.
Locally, what people should be angry about is moving the air attack base from SBA to SMX (happened back in 2007). This causes an additional apx. 20 minutes transit time for fixed-wing aircraft. Why this happened was explained to me by someone involved (part of it was financial), but, I won't repeat this conversation since the discussion involved unsubstantiated claims. Also, the Air Tanker Base was downgraded from full service to call when needed in 2009. This, supposedly, was a Los Padres National Forest call without consulting other agencies involved.

greytfull Dec 10, 2019 08:23 AM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

Although we've only lived here 7 years, we are located near the police station, and we seem to be experiencing cooler temperatures than when we arrived. What do I base this on? My weather station, and the fact that I (obsessively) keep an hourly outdoor/indoor chart of the temperatures. In the last 2 years, we have had far fewer above 85° days. We experienced 3 this summer, which peaked quickly and quickly cooled down. Conversely, my daughter, who lives in Montrose (north Glendale, next to La Cañada, Pasadena) had temperatures consistently in the 95° range from June through October, much warmer than previous years. I feel like Santa Barbara, at least where we live, is in a "bubble". This data is backed up by my tomato plants, which need consistent warm temperatures to thrive. Each year they have done incrementally worse because of our lovely cool weather. Do I believe in Climate Change and Global Warming? Absolutely, but it's effecting our little "bubble" differently.

Luvaduck Dec 10, 2019 08:07 AM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

Start by not permitting development in fire sensitive areas, i.e. the hills above us. We need those orchards and ranch areas as defendable fire buffers more than a few people need stunning views. As they are situated at the top of potential downdraft/Venturii effects, those developed properties are also more likely to be inadvertent fire generating risks. One dropped cigarette that isn't quite out, one spark from a fireplace, BBQ, weed-clearing, even a hot vehicle muffler parked over dry grass if the wind is right--

a-1575967360 Dec 10, 2019 12:42 AM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

That was an enlightening read. Two things which would help our County cut back on air pollution: 1) Ban wood burning in fireplaces and other related wood burning devices, including restaurants which tout wood burning cookery. Also include a ban on prescribed burns. 2) Institute and enforce a ban County-wide on use of gasoline-powered leafblowers and hedge-trimmers. Don't scoff about either of these bans until you've read up on and educated yourself about just how much wood burning and gasoline-powered blowers and hedge-trimmers contribute to local and global air pollution.

a-1575967776 Dec 10, 2019 12:49 AM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

That was a joke. I actually have read the article twice. Clearly the climate is changing that is a fact. Clearly water temperature fluctuates, this is more apparent to the south of us. Clearly humans cause damage to the natural world. The cycle of drought, fire, rain and flooding has been happening in Southern California ,and in particular, Santa Barbara since real record keeping began. There has been a major fire or two every 7-12 years since 1889. There were 4 from 2007-2009. Every historical fire here has been human caused with the exception of the Gaviota Fire. Fire is not new. Fire in El Capitan Canyon is not new. More people living in the wildland urban Interface is new, aging infrastructure is new and poor urban planning is new. How can you blame fire frequency on climate change when humans, either by accident or intentionally are starting the fires? Earth is not spontaneously combusting. Without failing utility facilities, ignorant campers, ignorant workers, kite flyers, car accidents and arsonists none of these fires would have happened. More people= more fire= more catastrophic damage. The Thomas fire was the largest in California history. The prior record holder was in 1885. Santa Barbara still has mild fairly predictable weather with periods of extreme drought followed by torrential rain. This is not new.

ginger1 Dec 09, 2019 10:14 PM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

Your comfort swimming in the ocean is not the point. At all. Did you take the time to READ the article? It is incredibly well written and researched. The point is that only a 2° sea surface or atmospheric change has serious *global* consequences. It's not about comparing Hendry's Beach to Fiji. It's that our local ocean is warmer than it used to be and what that means to the kelp, the marine inhabitants and ultimately when your beachfront home will fall into the sea or catch on fire.

a-1575937029 Dec 09, 2019 04:17 PM
Santa Barbara Featured in Climate Change Article

Citizens Planning Association is doing a series of panel discussions focusing on "Land Use Planning for a Changing Climate". The third in the series will be Thursday, January 23rd, focusing on the SB City area. We hope to have a representative from City Planning, the City Sea Rise Level committee, the City Fire Department, and the City Public Works.
The first panel in October focused on Goleta area issues. The audience heard from a Goleta City Planner, a spokesperson from the SB Airport, and a County Planner. The second discussion , in late November, focused on UCSB/IV. Four experts in their fields discussed several ongoing planning efforts, to include the County's Climate Plan implementation, restoration of a local wetland area as well as sustainability planning on the UCSB campus.
The goal of these panel discussions is to make the public aware of what the local government agencies are doing to plan for the conditions this article discusses and to promote collaboration among the different agencies involved.

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