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Deadly, 40,000-foot fire tornado revealed in new videos

Harrowing new footage released by California’s firefighting agency Cal Fire reveals the massive fire tornado that led to the death of a firefighter on July 26. The fire tornado was part of the Carr Fire that’s engulfed 223,610 acres of land in Northern California so far. A report from Cal Fire breaks down the details...CONTINUE READING

The ocean is cooking off the Southern California coast. Here’s why.

The waters off the Southern California coast are now approaching tropical temperatures found in parts of the balmy Caribbean Sea.  On Wednesday, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego recorded its highest ocean temperature ever, of 79.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Scientists have taken measurements off the marine institute’s pier for over a century, since 1916....CONTINUE READING

California just had its hottest month on record, and that means more wildfires

It should come as no surprise that California is burning.  On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that July was California’s hottest month since record keeping began in 1895. Those scorching temperatures withered the land, creating profoundly parched forests primed to catch fire with just a spark.  SEE ALSO: Engineering Earth’s climate...CONTINUE READING

California’s Mendocino Complex fire just became the largest wildfire in state history

For the second time in less than eight months, California broke its record for the largest fire in the state’s history.  Tuesday morning, the Golden State’s fire protection agency, Cal Fire, reported that the Mendocino Complex fire had now burned over 290,000 acres — over nine times the size of San Francisco — surpassing the...CONTINUE READING

Space photos show fires tormenting bone-dry California

Triple-digit temperatures and parched land have left much of California’s expansive forests vulnerable to any spark or flame. The Carr Fire, which started on July 23 after a vehicle caught fire, has spread to nearly 100,000 acres as of July 30. From hundreds of miles above, satellite images show a state besieged by an imposing...CONTINUE READING

Redding newspaper lost power amid extreme fire, but still found a way to print the news

Print news is alive.  After California’s violent Carr Fire jumped over the Sacramento River Thursday night and entered the west part of Redding, home to over 90,000 inhabitants, the tempestuous fire took out a significant portion’s of the city’s electrical grid — even toppling transmission towers.  But the local newspaper, the Redding Record Searchlight, was...CONTINUE READING

Violent wildfire jumps a major river, enters California city home to over 90,000

After leaping over California’s Sacramento River, the swiftly-moving Carr Fire entered the City of Redding, home to more than 90,000 people, on Thursday night. The firestorm melted transmission lines, sent a towering, mushroom-like cloud into the sky, and prompted the evacuation of entire communities in the western part of the city. And two people have...CONTINUE READING

California hit with two heat waves in less than a month. Here’s why it matters.

Historic heat records fell in California earlier this month. Yet, two weeks later, another mass of warm air has returned to the southern part of the state, heating the region for days. The second heat wave of July will last from Monday through Thursday, said the National Weather Service. While this heat won’t be quite...CONTINUE READING
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