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.
San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner Sabrina Brennan (above) reports that the commission has voted unanimously to appoint Glenn Lazof as the new interim general manager. "He brings decades of public agency experience to the harbor district, is strong on finance, and lives on a boat," Sabrina says. "More good news! The district is moving its headquarters to El Granada, less than a mile from Pillar Point Harbor. The new office is less expensive, includes room for public meetings, and has a beautiful harbor view. The move will be complete by May 29. District staff and commissioners are working extremely hard to meet or exceed expectations." Brennan (sabrinabrennan.com) invites the public to a Coastside Mixer on Wednesday, June 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hop Dogma Brewing Co. in El Granada.