"With a Warming Climate, Coastal Fog Around the World Is Declining"

"In California, dissipating “June gloom” could bring a dismal future for some of the state’s redwoods and Torrey pines."

"Fog is a defining element of summer in Santa Cruz, obscuring the view of day trippers descending the hills to the coast and prompting kids to bundle up to hop on their bikes for summer adventures. Its fingerprints are visible in the vast coastal forests, even when it isn’t hanging in the air. The redwood trees towering in a clear blue sky soak up moisture from the fog on gray days. It is often their only source of water for months at a time.

Fog is essential for plants and animals, agriculture and human health, not only in California but in coastal zones around the world. But many scientists believe that fog is declining, another casualty of global warming.

Throughout California and the Western United States, some shifts driven by climate change are easy to see: increasing temperatures, shifting wind patterns and changing ocean currents. Fog trends, on the other hand, are as hard to grasp as the mist itself."

Bob Berwyn, David Hasemyer, Mallory Pickett report for Inside Climate News October 10, 2021.

Source: Inside Climate News, 10/14/2021