How The Jet Stream Influences California Fires
What causes the intense and long fire seasons in California? The Pacific jet stream, among other features.
Penn State University researcher Alan Taylor says the Pacific jet determines where moisture goes in California, and its recent movements suggest more rain than snow, and continued hot, dry fire seasons.
Taylor recently published research on the subject, including reconstruction of 400 years of data on the movements of the jet. Alan Taylor visits to lay out his work.