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As California Heats Up, Bay Area Residents Toss Jackets

Posted By Patrici Flores On Jul 13, 2008 @ 4:17 pm In News | Comments Disabled

[1]Fortunately for you perpetually under-dressed, SoCal-bred Cal students, UC Berkeley and Texas Tech University [2] researchers say that gloomy interruptions to the Bay Area’s summer sunshine may soon be in the past. And it’s all thanks to climate change.

If you can remember last summer, you know that Berkeley weather was consistently dull. The air was cold, foggy and overcast all day, every day–and it wasn’t until September that the sunshine actually showed its face. Such ugly weather was typical of a Bay Area summer, and we got used to it.

This year, however, the dull weather is hardly noticeable–one day it can be much too breezy for your favorite pair of short-short cutoffs, but soon enough it feels like a lemonade-sipping summertime that lasts for two weeks straight.

So what does the new research say, exactly? Apparently, the whole of California needs to brace itself for way more record-breaking heat waves sprinkled with a smidgen of rolling blackouts (remember that energy crisis? Good times.)

Sounds slightly apocalyptic, but look on the bright side–at least one day we won’t need to bring jackets everywhere we go. Not that you SoCal peeps ever did that, anyway.

Image Source: pbo31 [3] under Creative Commons
Warming will trigger cycle of increased energy use, heat waves in California [Mongabay [2]]


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