A couple are silhouetted under a cloudy peak as they hike at San Francisco’s Twin Peaks in March. Temperatures were below normal in California in 2023, thanks to an especially cold and wet winter. Lea Suzuki. The Chronicle 2023
A couple are silhouetted under a cloudy peak as they hike at San Francisco’s Twin Peaks in March. Temperatures were below normal in California in 2023, thanks to an especially cold and wet winter. Lea Suzuki. The Chronicle 2023

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Daniel Swain for San Francisco Chronicle — The planet experienced an astonishing change last year. But California was an outlier

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses California’s recent climate swings, or hydro climate whiplash, in a new San Francisco Chronicle article, sharing insights to the state’s current warm winter in juxtaposition with recent cold winters. “In much of California, last winter was the coldest winter in decades,” Swain said. However, December 2023 was California’s warmest in 60 years — Swain explores potential implications on the state’s snowpack and water supply.