Wildfires keep proliferating in British Columbia. A week ago, there were 260 (more than double the record-setting number from the same date in 2003). Today, there are 444.

The Santa Rosa (California) Press Democrat, in the extreme south of Cascadia, ran a valuable summary today of that area’s freakish weather. Like the BC fires, Santa Rosa’s weather is more implication, but not proof, of climate change.

The gist:

The unusually dry fall, relatively short winter and warm, dry spring that just concluded could be a preview of years to come in Sonoma County if global warming unfolds as many predict.

The averages for the year, in temperature and precipitation, were about normal. But the averages conceal more extremes: more dry days and more gully washers, for example.