Under another winter storm warning and with snow coming down on Tuesday night, I’m thinking back to a hopeful report about climate change that OPB broadcast on Feb. 13.
Hopeful? You think I’m kidding, but no, at least where winter is concerned.
The OPB story reported on a new analysis of climate projections in North America. And this study found that in the Willamette Valley, at the currently predicted pace of climate change, conditions in 60 years are likely to be warmer and drier during parts of the year.
For western Oregon cities from Portland to Grants Pass, presumably including Albany and Corvallis, the report said “the future feels a lot like Sacramento.” If you missed it, you can read the whole OPB report here.
So what about Sacramento now? Well, the Weather Service forecast heavy rain for Wednesday and the next few days, with lows around 50 and highs nearing 60. There was a warning there too, but it was about high winds and potential flooding. Compared to icy roads and several inches of snow, that sounded pretty good.
The study reported on by OPB mentioned conditions becoming warmer and drier, so presumably it was mostly about summer. But considering the kind of late winter we are having now, even at this time of year future residents of Albany might appreciate the milder temperatures of a place like Sacramento. Milder temps and, of course, no ice or snow. (hh)