Fog is a good thing. And it may be disappearing

The Presence of Fog Is Desirable and It May Be Disappearing

Even while fog doesn’t just happen in California, it’s often connected with the city of San Francisco because of how it keeps the temperature down.

According to The New York Times, the Bay Area had an unusually warm summer, with average daily high temperatures remaining above 70 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the months of June, July, and August. Many people probably appreciated not having to hold to their coats while walking because of this noticeable absence. The local environment relies heavily on this fog, though.

It supplies the redwood forest with water and helps keep agricultural areas around the Bay Area at a comfortable temperature. Scientists are working hard to make sense of a mysterious phenomenon that is nature’s ghost, but any changes to this weather pattern could have catastrophic consequences for mankind.

U.S. Geological Survey project scientist and head of the Pacific Coastal Fog Project Alicia Torregrosa told Inside Climate News, “It’s an extraordinarily sensitive point between water being a vapor, and water being liquid.” There are too many factors to name that contribute to this change. Reduced fog suggests a shift in the ecosystem’s power dynamic. Alterations in the global climate could be to blame. The situation is dire not just in San Diego, but throughout coastal California.

The University of California, Berkeley professor of integrative biology Todd Dawson informed the media source that Santa Cruz saw at least 12 hours of seasonal fog per year in the 1950s. The reduction to nine hours is due in part to the reduced duration of fog-free days. Six hundred or seven hundred stations, out of the approximate one thousand, show a statistically significant drop. His comments were reported by the Times.

Professor of climatology at Germany’s University of Münster Otto Klemm said that “fog has diminished, more or less everywhere.” Reasons for the decline include climate change and the general trend toward less polluted air. But the problem with fog is that it constantly shifts shape.

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The problem was summed up succinctly by the Times report: “There are just too many unknowns to conclude whether fog is rising or diminishing. Is it as hazy as it used to be in this valley, on this hill, on this beach, in this city? But how could you possibly know?

Santa Cruz admitted that “the future of coastal fog under climate change remains unknown” in its 2019 integrated regional water management plan, despite the city’s best efforts to find a solution.

The study confirmed that reduced coastal fog can lead to water scarcity.

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