Tahoe in the News

Weather whiplash, from drought to deluge!

By Anthony Yanez
January 24, 2024

I spent some time with Dr. Daniel Swain, a Climate Scientist with UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He spoke at Operation Sierra Storm, a weather conference in South Lake Tahoe, California. We discussed what he calls, “weather whiplash.” How a warmer world is leading to more weather extremes. He said Houston is ground zero.

Swain is a climate scientist focused on the dynamics and impacts of extreme events—including droughts, floods, storms, and wildfires—on a warming planet. He holds joint appointments as a research scientist within UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, a research fellow in the Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and as the California Climate Fellow at The Nature Conservancy.

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