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    NorCal Climate Change -- Evidence on the Trails

    Was just reading these articles on climate change, pretty dire situation, and curious this year's Nobel in economics is climate related. Aside from the current macro situation of extreme drought followed by extreme rain, curious what other evidence people who spend lots of time outside are seeing.

    In Santa Cruz, it seems erosion along the coastline is increasing and water quality is worsening. On the trails throughout MidPen, and particularly Montebello, it seems general trail damage and erosion is more pronounced due to longer periods of drought and more intense periods of rain.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/07/world...wxc/index.html

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...t?srnd=premium

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    On the trails throughout MidPen, and particularly Montebello, it seems general trail damage and erosion is more pronounced due to longer periods of drought and more intense periods of rain.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/07/world...wxc/index.html

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...t?srnd=premium
    nah, that's just from the ebikers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    nah, that's just from the ebikers.
    And heavier bikes with larger tires.

    Overpopulation possibly, but way too early to be ascribing any deterioration to classic "climate change".
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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    nah, that's just from the ebikers.
    Well if you factor in water and calorie consumption eBikes are far more green, right?

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    Still riding trails up in Alaska with no snow yet. It used to be that there'd be a snow-event in September, but that's long since gone, been getting a lot of relatively warm rain though. Strange to see other places down south starting to pick up some snow and nothing here. The worst has been the last few years when there's a huge "blob" of warm ocean water off the coast and it constantly sends up rain and freezing rain during the winter with above-freezing temps. That is just bizarre. Hoping that doesn't happen this winter.
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    One thing I've noticed is a significant decrease in wildflowers at Russian Ridge. Back in the 90s there were tons of wildflowers there. Over the years, less and less each year. This year was pretty measly in comparison. Spring butterflies have become less and less as well.

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