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Study synthesizes what climate change means for Northwest wildfires

Smoke plume from forest fire.

Recent years have brought unusually large and damaging wildfires to the Pacific Northwest – from the Carlton Complex Fire in 2014 that was the largest in Washington’s history, to the 2017 fire season in Oregon, to the 2018 Maple Fire, when normally sodden rainforests on the Olympic Peninsula were ablaze. Many people have wondered what this means for our region’s future. 

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UW Quad cherry blossoms expected to peak last week of March

Students walking through the Quad.

Note: Thousands of people usually visit campus each spring to see the cherry blossoms. The University is asking people to avoid coming to campus this year to comply with orders by Public Health – Seattle & King County and Gov. Jay Inslee that prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people as our region combats the spread of COVID-19. Stay tuned for virtual options to enjoy the blossoms this year, including UW Video’s live feed of the Quad below. ORIGINAL POST on March 5: A relatively mild winter in the Seattle area means the iconic cherry trees in the University of Washington Quad are on track for a typical bloom season. 

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Thinning, prescribed burns protected forests during the massive Carlton Complex wildfire

Remains of a section of a forest burned by the Carlton Complex fire.

The 2014 Carlton Complex wildfire in north central Washington was the largest contiguous fire in state history. In just a single day, flames spread over 160,000 acres of forest and rangeland and ultimately burned more than 250,000 acres in the midst of a particularly hot, dry summer. The wildfire, driven by strong winds and explosive growth, was unprecedented in how it burned the landscape, destroying more than 300 homes in Washington’s Methow Valley. 

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New radar technology sheds light on never-before-seen Antarctic landscape

17,000 years ago, Seattle was covered by an ice sheet that stood over 3,000 feet tall (for reference, the current tallest building in Seattle, the Columbia Tower, is just under 937 feet). As the ice advanced and eventually receded, it carved massive valleys, mountains and lakes into the earth to create the glaciated land and seascape we recognize today. These landscapes not only remind us of the area’s ancient glacial past but also provide tools to understand and predict future patterns for glaciers. 

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What does a hot day in Bali have to do with a dry day in Seattle?

Rainy Pike Place market

Consider this: the U.S. West Coast has seen a decrease in rainfall between 1981-2018. UW scientists think a phenomenon called the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) might be to blame. A stormy disturbance that occurs several times a year in the tropics, the MJO is similar to the El Nino Southern Oscillation, which is notorious for generating extreme winter weather in the Pacific Northwest. 

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