I picked up a copy of the San Diego Reader on Friday but didn't get to reading it until this early Wednesday morning after a few days of fires have wreaked havoc in my county. The cover story was about how dead and dry our back country is getting, and how the drought is killing off some old oaks and that even the sagebrush and other hardy local vegetation is dying off. San Diego-as-paradise is going to lose its lease given our utter dependency on foreign water. The oscillating patterns of La Nina and El Nino were discussed.
A question posed to one expert asked if the Cedar Fire of 2003 could be repeated. Hmm. What do the past few days tell us?