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We have some bad news about the future of the terrible wildfires in the Western U.S.

The flames scorching the Western U.S. aren’t expected to relent anytime soon.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) gave its monthly U.S. climate report on Thursday, and they used the opportunity to show that the next couple of months are ripe for an enhanced fire risk out West. SEE ALSO: The baking Pacific Ocean...CONTINUE READING

Wildfire smoke engulfing a storm in the Atlantic is an ideal metaphor for 2018

Smoke produced by fires thousands of miles away is now choking a storm swirling in the Atlantic Ocean. Welcome to weather in 2018. Thursday morning, Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman found that smoke from California and Canada’s record-breaking wildfires has nearly engulfed subtropical storm Ernesto. SEE ALSO: How long does it take for today’s violent...CONTINUE READING

How long does it take for today’s violent wildfires to go out?

When a massive wildfire erupts in the United States today, it can leap over formidable rivers, produce whirling tornados of flame, and cause tens of thousands of people to flee.  These modern infernos — enhanced by a warming climate that makes for profoundly parched land — are burning over twice as much land than they...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

Engineering Earth’s climate might quell global warming, but it could come with a cost

When Mount Pinatubo violently erupted in 1991, the volcano blasted millions of tons of gas well over 20 miles into Earth’s atmosphere. After condensing into little droplets, the particles reflected sunlight back into space and cooled the planet by about 1 degree Fahrenheit for over a year.  Nearly three decades later, some scientists wonder if...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

It’s 90 degrees in the Arctic Circle this week. Here’s why.

The Arctic Circle — the realm of polar bears and dwindling sea ice at the top of the world — hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, 32 degrees Celsius, this week.  This was the temperature in Banak, Norway on July 30, though some Norwegian areas even reached a couple degrees warmer, according to the European meteorology site...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
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