Climate change may bring drought to temperate areas, study says
'Wet areas will get wetter and dry areas will get drier,' says a scientist, describing the findings of a NASA-led study on rainfall trends. Drought-prone places include the Southwestern United States.
This satellite image shows a stream of smoke moving west over the ocean and the heat signatures from the Southern California fire emitting it. Climate change does not cause forest fires but does contribute to their likelihood, climatologist Peter Gleick said. (NOAA via NASA / May 3, 2013)