Red-tailed hawk in Pacifica.July 20 sunset in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Dolores. Surfers ride waves at Linda Mar State Beach, with Pedro Rock in the background. Whale dives offshore. (Leo Leon photos)
Sunset at Linda Mar State Beach on an unusually hot, humid Sunday, July 19. Earlier, it rained at Daly City, Mussel Rock, and on salmon-fishing boats just offshore as remnants of tropical storm Dolores passed over the Bay Area and moved off to the northeast. Meanwhile, a new hurricane threat (see below) is forming over the Pacific Ocean south of Baja California. (Pacifica.city photo)
Mori Point (foreground), Rockaway Headland and Pedro Point (background) Sharp Park Golf Course (foreground), Sharp Park Fishing Pier (background) Pacifica State Beach, Linda Mar Whale breaches just offshore (Leo Leon photos)
Linda Mar floodwaters. Scanned from Pacifica Tribune archives, October 4, 1972. Also in the Tribune archives: a similar flood photo of the same area on October 18, 1962. Photo courtesy of Margaret Goodale, who says: "Perhaps a bit more due diligence is appropriate when it comes to siting and flooding in this area." Note Dave & Lou's Texaco gas station in the background.
Of the three new Midcoast houses proposed here (click link above), we see at least 16 trees slated for removal, nine of them described as "significant." I hope the new homeowners plan to replant trees, otherwise their fancy new houses represent a loss for the environment. Trees sequester carbon dioxide; houses and people do not. Simple math.
The May 19 oil spill near Santa Barbara was caused by the one oil pipeline in the entire country governed by the weaker federal law that does not require an automatic shutoff valve. Proper maintenance and an automatic shutoff valve would have prevented this spill from ever happening. Ask your U.S. senators Feinstein and Boxer to require automatic shutoff valves and proper safety systems for oil delivery pipelines.
Justin Shields from Linda Mar North posts on the nextdoor.com neighborhood blog for Park Pacifica: "Just read about the plan by San Francisco Natural Areas Program (which actually owns the trees behind the archery range and golf course) to remove 15,000 trees and use pesticides to keep them from coming back. This is all in the name of removing non-native species that have existed here for centuries and have many benefits. Worth a read for anyone who values our unique landscape."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns that, based on its latest calculations, there is an 80 percent chance of megadroughts in the western half of the U.S. lasting 20 to 40 years this century. And nothing like that has ever happened in the past 1,000 years. The current drought in California has lasted around three years. The drought that turned much of the U.S. West into the Dust Bowl in the 1930s lasted 10 years.
NOAA also says that two global high-temperature records were just set. March 2015 was the warmest March since record-keeping began in 1880, according to NOAA. And the first quarter of 2015 was the warmest first quarter in those 136 years. So far, it looks like 2015 will be the hottest year on record. The current champ is 2014. The 10 warmest years on record have happened in the past 17 years. This March saw the highest level of greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere since record-keeping began. They reached 400 parts per million for the first time, NOAA says.
There is only one bit of good news: In the Antarctic, sea ice has been increasing, hitting a record high in March 2015. But that gain "is only about a third of the magnitude of the rapid loss of sea ice" at the other end of the globe, in the Arctic Ocean, according to NASA.