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Blue Dot: California's complex weather and climate

Host Dave Schlom delves into the topic of California's amazingly diverse climate and weather with the authors of the new book, Fire and Rain: California's Changing Weather and Climate, Stephen LaDochy (Cal State LA) and meteorologist Michael Witiw.

The show kicks off with an old friend of the show, retired NASA/JPL oceanographer and climate scientist Bill Patzert (longtime listeners will recall him as "the Kahuna" to Big Wave Dave), who wrote the foreword to the book.

It's a comprehensive look at the many different kinds of California weather from the fire weather of desiccating winds to epic snowfalls and floods -- all of which can happen in a calendar year!

California weather may seem simple to some who don't live here and think of southern California sunshine but weather forecasters know better!

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.