Heat in Sonoma County
The recent warm weather in Sonoma County could be a side effect of global warming. The weather in this region can be unpredictable, but climate change has played a role in the changing seasonal weather patterns, as well as the rising temperatures. The temperatures in Sonoma County have gone up 2.1 degrees Fahrenheit since 1895 according to the Washington Post.
There are some associated health risks and economic downfalls related to the rising temperatures. In order to stay safe during extreme heat, Sonoma County Health Services advises people to not drink caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, limit the time spent outside, use an air-conditioned space to stay cool and switch out heavy jackets and sweaters for lightweight clothing.
Austin Murphy, a writer for The Press Democrat, said, “January and February are the ‘core months, and when they fail to give us rain it means we’ve missed essentially our best months to accumulate water.” Murphy also expressed concern over how grapes and other fruits are not getting the water they need from the lack of rain. Without the usual rainfall, fruits are going to dry out. If the months of January and February continue to have no rain, farmers and vineyards are going to have a hard time growing their produce.