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For weeks now, the world has been in the grips of a global heat wave — one of the most destructive and unusually hot summers in human history. And we know that a summer like this couldn’t have happened without climate change.
But perhaps the most unusual thing about the Carr Fire is the incredibly strong winds it created:
The heat from the fire was so intense that it created a towering, rotating cloud six miles high — meteorologists call them pyrocumulus, but this one effectively was a giant tornado.
The wind damage from the Carr Fire is consistent with speeds in excess of 143 mph.*
Winds this strong over such a widespread area are exceedingly rare in wildfires, though they have been documented before. Fires need oxygen to burn, and the Carr Fire created its own weather to ensure a constant oxygen supply — to devastating effect.
Welcome to the new normal.
originally posted by: Lightdhype
a reply to: rickymouse
We certainly are messing things up. On the other side of the country, Florida had another record setting year of red tide algae blooms and the associated millions of dead sea creatures are lining nearly the entire damn states beaches.
And why? Because they decided to completely alter the everglades and # up the natural routes for the water to drain back out to sea. They did this so the god damned sugar industry has enough pristine earth to farm their poison on. Yummy nitrogen phosphorus fertilizer water everywhere Yay! Because we all know Americans need nothing more than to contiue consuming ungodly amounts of sugar as it slowly kills us all.
Not to mention ruining the ecosystem so all the rich bastard elites can have extra land to develop real estate on. Land that was never meant to have millions of people living on it in giant highrise condos on rent.
But 'muh capitalism!'
originally posted by: ketsuko
In a sense this is correct, but not the sense you think.
California is naturally a Mediterranean style climate zone with most of its moisture occurring in the fall/winter and type of scrub ecosystem based around shrubs. It's called chaparrel. The plants in those types of systems usually evolved to take advantage of fire in order to reproduce which should tell you something about what those climate zones are normally like.
When man moved out there, they liked the climate in terms of stable weather, but not in terms of the arid nature, so they started taking water anywhere they could get it. In effect, man changed the climate zone by making it less arid through irrigation, bringing water in even from as far away as the Colorado R.
Well, the green movement has been working to restore nature! And we're just seeing the change of the climate back to what it should be - one where fire is a prime mover again because it's arid, a desert.