The Madeleine Brand Show for December 2, 2011

Climate change's consequences for the Santa Ana winds

Black smoke billows from the chimeny of

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Black smoke billows from the chimeny of an industrial plant.

Gusty winds the length of California have grounded aircraft and left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity. It's a little less windy today than yesterday and so far, we've avoided the most feared consequence: major wildfires, which usually come with the Santa Ana winds this time of year. As Craig Miller from KQED reports, climate change may mean that Santa Ana season gets longer.

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