homeWelcome, sign in or click here to subscribe.login
     


 

 

Environment


Subscriber content preview

July 15, 2021

Numbers explain how and why West bakes, burns and dries out

By SETH BORENSTEIN
AP Science Writer

The American West is baking, burning and drying in intertwined extreme weather. Four sets of numbers explain how bad it is now, while several others explain why it got this bad.

The West is going through “the trifecta of an epically dry year followed by incredible heat the last two months and now we have fires,” said University of California Merced climate and fire scientist John Abatzoglou. “It is a story of cascading impacts.”


 
. . .


To read this story in full login or purchase a subscription.




Email or user name:
Password:
 
Forgot password? Click here.