Daniel Swain

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Daniel Swain in LA Times: California fires were bad, but they could have been much worse

Daniel Swain, climatologist with UCLA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said the air pressure differential between the high desert and the coast turned out to be smaller than predicted, lessening the intensity of extreme fire weather fueled by dry air rushing toward the sea.

“They did cause some damage, but not the widespread damage that you can see during these extreme events sometimes,” he said.