A lot of red
NASA says, "An average increase of 1 mm/day over the whole year is a big change, one we can put in specific terms: We consider a 1 mm/day increase in [potential evaporation] to be an 'Extreme' event for fires, something like 2012 in Colorado. By these projections, fire years like 2012 would be the new normal in regions like the western U.S. by the end of the 21st century."
The new normal? That's unsettling, given that 2012 was one of the worst in half a century in terms of wildfires. In other words, all those red areas above, which weren't there two slides ago, suggest a lot more fires, a lot more burned houses, potentially a lot more casualties, and a lot of money spent on fire fighting and relief efforts.
Watching the red areas grow makes this point in frightening fashion. Here's the animation:
August 10, 2013 4:51 PM PDT
Photo by: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
| Caption by: Edward Moyer
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