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Drought to downpour: California weather whiplash is climate change sentinel

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Los Angeles (AFP) – It had been completely dry in Sacramento for six months. Then the heavens opened and a record-breaking amount of rain fell in one day. Such extreme shifts are becoming more frequent in California and are a harbinger of what is to come for the rest of a warming planet, scientists say. “California is a sentinel state. It’s like a canary in a coal mine,” said Justin Mankin, a Dartmouth College professor who specializes in climate change. “The state is a crucial bellwether for society’s capacity to respond to these types of climate stresses happening today.” And it’s not lookin…

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