Astronaut Andrew Morgan captured from ISS the wildfire of Sonoma, California, U.S..

Credit: Andrew Morgan, NASA

Thousands of firefighters in northern California battled to control wildfires fueled by howling el diablo winds, the largest of which forced at least 185,000 people to evacuate their homes. According to the article of National Geographic, “climate change’s stamp is evident in many of the fires, primarily because hotter air means drier plants, which burn more readily”. Over the past century, California has warmed by about 1.4C. Hotter air draws water out of plants and soils more efficiently than cool, leaving the trees, shrubs, and rolling grasslands of the state dry and primed to burn. Crucially, that effect increases exponentially with every degree of warming, explains Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the UCLA.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

Credit: National Geographic

Reference: Andrew Morgan’s Tweet
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