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Snow Headed for the Northwest, Including Portland; Significant Rain Expected in California - weather.com Western Storm Concerns

Snow Headed for the Northwest, Including Portland; Significant Rain Expected in California - weather.com Western Storm Concerns | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
After a dry winter so far, an atmospheric pattern will set up that will allow rain and snow to return to the parched western states.
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Beetles to blame for Colorado's fires? Blame climate change instead

Beetles to blame for Colorado's fires? Blame climate change instead | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Tiny, winged bark beetles have been the ecological bad guys of the West for more than a decade, and rightfully so. They've killed off millions of acres' worth of trees in Colorado.
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How about eradicating the beetles? That may sound like a final solution, but even if it were possible, forest scientists would advise against it. Carroll pointed out that the BUGS ARE PART OF A NATURAL CYCLE, in which mature pines fall prey to the bugs and eventually burn in fires like the ones sweeping through Colorado this summer. Such fires consume the remaining trees in a stand, but they also RELEASE THE SEEDS from lodgepole pine cones — beginning a new circle of life."

If anything, the beetle outbreak is more serious in Canada than it is south of the border. "We anticipate losing pretty much two-thirds of the mature pines" in British Columbia's forests, Carroll said. And it could get worse: The beetles have spread across the Rockies to Alberta, the next province over. If the climate conditions are right, there's a chance that the bugs could advance eastward all the way across Canada, and down to the U.S. Great Lakes region as well." (MSN.com)

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Three fires combine into giant Colorado blaze - Video on NBCNews.com

Three fires combine into giant Colorado blaze - Video on NBCNews.com | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: High winds and hot temperatures are stoking flames in southwestern Colorado where a colossal fire is burning out of control. Officials say a spruce bark beetle infestation is partly to blame.
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