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3.1.2019

Daniel Swain in NY Times: Snow in Forecast for a 2,500-Mile Path From California to Maine

Daniel Swain, a UCLA climate scientist, spoke with NY Times about forecasted snow from California to Maine.  “Increasingly in California and elsewhere we’re seeing anecdotes that are lining up with the physical science evidence,” Mr. Swain said. “The last 30 years have changed a lot more than the previous 30 years, and we expect that...


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3.1.2019

Daniel Swain in NY Times: Why ‘the Worst of Both Worlds’ Is in the Forecast

Daniel Swain, a UCLA climate scientist, spoke to the NY Times about severe storms hitting California.  “The bad news is that these kinds of severe storms are likely to get more frequent, as climate change contributes to what experts say will be a future marked less by gradual, steady warming than by a kind of...


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3.1.2019

Daniel Swain in National Geographic: ‘Rivers in the sky’ are why California is flooding

“You need two ingredients for an atmospheric river,” says Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “A plume of really concentrated moisture in the atmosphere and strong, fast winds to move it around.”


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2.28.2019

Neil Berg in Daily Bruin: Despite recent cold front, LA is still experiencing trend toward warmer weather

This February has been the coldest in nearly 60 years, with the average temperature in LA this month falling five degrees lower than the normal average. However, Neil Berg, associate director of science at UCLA’s Center for Climate Science, said the climate in LA is still getting warmer despite this temporary cold period. “The climate...


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2.28.2019

Daniel Swain in the LA Times: A February to remembrrr in L.A.: It never even reached 70 degrees

Daniel Swain is a climate scientist at UCLA. In this LA Times article, Swain explains that even though it never reached about 70 degrees this February, climate is still warming. “Even factoring in the cold snap, California is still warmer than average, and swings between periods of severe winter rainstorms and profound drought will probably...


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2.28.2019

Daniel Swain in Bloomberg: California Is Stuck Fighting Climate Change With a Bankrupt, Distrusted Company

Daniel Swain is a leading climate scientist at UCLA. He spoke with Bloomberg about PG&E since the Camp Fire in November. “In addition to these factors, and often exacerbating them, is climate change. Warmer winters have helped bark beetle populations explode, and hotter summer air sucks more moisture out of vegetation, priming it for combustion....


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2.28.2019

Neil Berg in LA Times: Snowpack more than doubles in a month — and it’s still storming in the Sierra

Neil Berg is a climate scientist at UCLA. He spoke with LA Times about snowpack and water supply in California. “The snowpack had more than doubled from last month — to 113 inches deep, or 43½ inches of water if it were to melt, said spokesman Chris Orrock. The snowpack is the fifth-deepest recorded at...


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2.27.2019

Daniel Swain in The Verge: Today’s floods in California may be a preview of a more extreme future

Daniel Swain, a UCLA climate scientist, discusses the atmospheric river that has drenched Northern California, “A storm in northern California dumped so much water on the region that roads turned into moats, isolating two California towns. It’s the kind of storm that experts project might become more extreme as climate change continues — which could...


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2.22.2019

Daniel Swain with WNYC Studios: Black Holes, California Megaflood. Feb 22, 2019, Part 2

UCLA’s Daniel Swain talks about the atmospheric river and flooding in California with WNYC Studios.  “When it floods in California, the culprit is usually what’s known as an atmospheric river—a narrow ribbon of ultra-moist air moving in from over the Pacific Ocean. Atmospheric rivers are also essential sources of moisture for western reservoirs and mountain...


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2.22.2019

Daniel Swain in Curbed LA: Is climate change the reason why it snowed in LA?

UCLA’s Daniel Swain apogee with Curbed LA about the recent snow in LA.  “As snow fell Thursday in parts of LA where it hadn’t snowed for decades, Angelenos tried to make sense of the rare event. If the city is getting hotter due to climate change, how could it still get cold enough to snow?...


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2.19.2019

Daniel Swain in Newsweek

In this Newsweek article, UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain said the Corps are “categorically underestimating” the potential impact of a mega-storm. “We only have about a century of records to refer to in California. So, they are extrapolating in the dark,” he told The Times.


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2.18.2019

Daniel Swain in LA Times: Experts say LA in danger of mega storm

Scientists call it California’s “other big one,” and they say it could cause three times as much damage as a major earthquake ripping along the San Andreas Fault. Although it might sound absurd to those who still recall five years of withering drought and mandatory water restrictions, researchers and engineers warn that California may be...