Over the last 60 years urban areas of Southern California have lost significant amounts of fog due to the heat created by paved roads and buildings.
>” A new study reports that coastal fog in Southern California is on the decline, especially in heavily urbanized areas.
In particular, Los Angeles saw a 63 percent decrease over the last 60 years.
You can blame the heat island effect created by city streets and buildings, said the study’s author Park Williams of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York.
Fog may be a nuisance for drivers, but according to Williams, it also plays a crucial role in hydrating many costal ecosystems.
These include mountains with coastal forests and hillsides covered in chaparral, which easily burns when conditions are too dry.
“They all receive water directly from fog and benefit from the shading of these clouds,” Williams said.
In fact, he noted that in…
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