Article & Photo By: Zoe Kowalczyk
Over the years in California, the obvious and intense heat-waves have been a wake-up call to the climate change crises. In recent months especially, the weather has been ridiculously hot. Although it was summer, the combination of wind and hot weather kickstarted an early fire season, causing fire warnings every time there was a that said combination/
One of the main factors of the colder seasons dying off is the droughts. The first thing on the city of Sonoma County Agricultural website states, “Sonoma County is currently experiencing its third consecutive year in a drought.” A more recent article on the Washington Post stated: “The anemic snowpack and lack of rainfall could lead to an elevated wildfire risk this summer and fall.” And look what has happened; an earlier fire season occurred starting as soon as August and is still continuing.
Although in 2019 Santa Rosa did receive around 43.70 inches of rain, (the average being around 17.8 inches) the total inches of rainfall for this year, according to the UCCE Sonoma County weather and climate website, came up to be around 6.39 inches. What is in store for the rest of Fall and the beginning of Winter? We don’t know. Will it be hot? Will rain pull through and help stop the wildfires that haven’t been put out yet?
Whether you’re a fan of the rain or not, there’s no denying the impact the lack of rain is having on Sonoma County and California as a whole. We’re already having issues with heat and fire as it is and if the rain doesn’t start again soon, who knows what the lasting effects could be.