Bay fog factory: Scientists research coastal weather for clues to climate change

Read the full story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Every summer, hordes of beach-goers seeking California sunshine are attracted to the Central Coast. Clad in bikinis and swim shorts, they hit the beach only to be greeted with a sobering surprise: a dense layer of coastal fog rolling off the bay.

No stranger to locals, coastal fog during the summer is a regular feature of Central California. And though it can make for cool temperatures that dampen beach parties, fog actually plays an integral role in sustaining the wild lands that make the Monterey Bay area such a beautiful and diverse place. Recent evidence that fog may be disappearing from the California coast has alarmed scientists, however, as they are just beginning to discover the value of this maritime resource.

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