Russian wildfire smoke reaches Canada, U.S.; Death Valley hits 128°F

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:29 PM GMT on July 12, 2012

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The U.S. isn't the only country suffering from a severe wildfire season. Russian firefighters have been battling huge blazes in Siberia for months. Central Russia experienced record warm temperatures 11 - 12°F (6 - 7°C) above average during June, feeding fires that have burned more area in 2012 than in 2010--the year of the unprecedented heat wave that killed over 55,000 people. Smoke from this summer's Russian fires rose high into the atmosphere last week, and got caught in the jet stream. As University of Washington professor Dr. Cliff Mass explained in this blog, the strong winds of the jet stream carried the smoke to western North America this week, where sinking air associated with a strong area of high pressure brought the smoke to the surface. On Wednesday, CBC reported that the smoke had settled over Vancouver, British Columbia, reducing visibility and increasing air pollution. Meteorologist Eric Taylor of the B.C. Ministry of Environment said he had never seen ozone pollution levels as high in B.C.'s central Interior as occurred over the past few days. The smoke has created colorful sunsets from Oregon to British Columbia, but a low pressure system is expected to flush most of the smoke out by Friday.


Figure 1. Thick smoke from forest fires burning in Siberia on July 5, 2012 (left) and July 9, 2012 (right.) Image credit: NASA.


Figure 2. The view from West Vancouver, British Columbia on Wednesday was obscured by thick smoke from forest fires burning in Siberia. Image credit: ThemeGreen's Webcam.

Colorado's most destructive wildfire in its history finally contained
It's been another severe year for wildfires in the U.S., with the National Interagency Fire Center reporting 4800 square miles of burned acreage thus far in 2012, an area about 87% of the size of Connecticut. This is pretty close to the 10-year average for this point in the year, and ranks as the fourth highest of the past ten years. However, with summer not yet half over, and more than 2/3 of the Western U.S. experiencing moderate to extreme drought, the Western U.S. fire season still has plenty of time to add significant acreage to its burn total. The hardest-hit state at present is Idaho, where one-third of the country's large fires (twelve) are burning. The worst fires of 2012 so far have been in Colorado, which had its hottest and driest June since record keeping began in 1895. Colorado's most destructive wildfire in its history, the 29-square mile Waldo Canyon fire, was finally 100% contained on Wednesday, aided by a week of relatively cool and wet weather. The fire killed two people and destroyed nearly 350 houses when it burned into northwestern Colorado Springs. Colorado's second most destructive and second largest fire in recorded history was the High Park Fire, fifteen miles northwest of Fort Collins. The fire was 100% contained on June 30. According to the Denver Post, the High Park Fire burned in an area where 70% of the trees that have been killed by mountain pine beetles; the insects have devastated forests in western North America in recent years. So did pine beetle damage contribute to this year's devastating Colorado fires? Using Landsat satellite data, a team of scientists led by University of Wisconsin forest ecologist Phil Townsend have discovered that pine beetle damage appears not to have a significant impact in the risk of large fires, and may reduce fire risk in some instances (Video 1.)


Video 1. Wildfire and Pine Beetles: NASA explains how recent devastation of forests in the Rocky Mountains by the mountain pine beetle may be affecting wildfire odds.

Links to follow
Our climate change blogger, Dr. Ricky Rood, has a post on mountain pine beetles and climate change.

I have a post on how climate change is expected to increase Western U.S. fires.

Welcome to the Rest of Our Lives, an 8-minute video put together by climate change videographer Peter SInclair, provides a dramatic look at the extreme weather that has hit the U.S. in June and July.

Our climate change blogger, Dr. Ricky Rood, is in Boulder, Colorado this summer, and had this to say in his June 27 post on the wildfires in Colorado: "The past few days have been relentless. Denver has seen temperatures above 100°F for 5 straight days, and it was 105° today. At the weather station closest to where I live, the thunderstorm that started today’s fire stopped the temperature rise at 97.5 F. The dew point was in the high 30s. The ground temperature in the garden was about 110°. Tonight it all smells of smoke again. It is hard to sleep when the house is 88 degrees and the air smells of smoke. You constantly think of fire."

Death Valley hits 128°: 10th hottest temperature in U.S. history
The high temperature in Death Valley, California hit 128°F (53.3°C) on Wednesday, the hottest temperature measured in the U.S. since July 18, 2009, when Death Valley recorded another 128° reading. Yesterday's 128° was the 10th hottest temperature in U.S. history. The only hotter temperatures were all measured at Death Valley, the most recent one being the 129° measured on July 6, 2007. The all-time high for Death Valley is the 134° reading of July 10, 1913. The forecast for Death Valley calls for a slow cool-down over the next few days, with highs reaching "only" 105° on Monday. That's the date of the start of the grueling Badwater Ultramarathon. Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA, it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. Lace up your running shoes (not!)

Jeff Masters

Going down, (Glaswegian)
on a hot and humid July evening
Going down,
Workday Sunrise (HarveyCreek)
Going out to the car to head to work, I saw this great sunrise and had to take the time to capture it. This is a panoramic rendition.
Workday Sunrise

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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
An actor/model. Link


ok thx,
seems like an incredibly unimportant person.
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683. MTWX
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
TWC

oh boy


Have you looked at their blog section?

I think I can hear the crickets chirping....

The last blog entry was a month ago, and the highest number of comments for any entry I saw on the page was 131...

Don't think we have too much to worry about their bloggers taking over here!! LOL!
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


ok i fixed it.
who is fabio anyway
An actor/model. Link
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Quoting wxchaser97:
When I click on it it takes me to WU.


ok i fixed it.
who is fabio anyway
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Quoting CJ5:


They would have found that unimaginable. We need more George Washington approaches to public service.
I promise you that shorting terms will fix that problem.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

Must be a slow weather day if an article on the name Fabio is their lead story.

r u srs

there is a ts named fabio
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
TWC

oh boy
When I click on it it takes me to WU.
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677. CJ5
Quoting WxGeekVA:


Why is it that people are so fed up with their government and yet they still vote the same people in every year? Why don't they just do something drastic, and, I dunno, vote for someone from a third party that doesn't have to stick to a uncompromising party line?


That is the 64k question. It is eluded to in a post later that one reason is many think there guy isn't the problem. This would be the only reason former crack heads and corrupt ex officials are re-elected. It is no difference than some positions on evil corporations. Evil corps buy officials = ignorant electroate who vote in corrupt reps to pander for them.

I don't like term limits but if we cannot get the place cleaned up it may be the best thing to do. If reps are limited they cannot gain enough power to be corruptable. It would also help everyone. An example would be the pro-AGW croud. New, young, fresh candidates are more likely to support or at least have an open mind to such things.

Citizens on both sides should quit fighting each other and work together to fix the common sense problems WITH GOVERNMENT. The founders did not presume that reps would serve 20, 30, 40 years. They would have found that unimaginable. We need more George Washington approaches to public service.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Speaking of TWC front page is hilarious.

Must be a slow weather day if an article on the name Fabio is their lead story.
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Quoting barbamz:

Always such a sunny mind, Plaza, lol. But I must admit, times are hard, esp. in Spain right now. I follow the news and appreciate your direct input.

Thanks for that one B.
Things are not bad at all on the ground here we all have plenty to eat and the sun shines all the time of course.
We worked out last week that if we can get about $50 a week, or about 40 Euros, per person that's quite enough and although things are grim in the cities most of us here are not in them, or if we are, we still are not too far from the city limits of them.
I am bothered by the climate change not for us as we are well south and in a land of plenty but I really feel the need for us to support some of the nations with inadequate food supplies and the needs to import lots of energy.
We have about 20% now from renewables and increasing all the time. I myself havent bought electricity for over 5 years due to my solar systems.
Water reserves are down to about 60% of capacity here now but thats OK for the short term.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


thats why i put it there
Ow it just links me back to wunderground.

Let me try a link for TWC.

Link
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000
AXNT20 KNHC 122357
TWDAT

TROPICAL WEATHER DISCUSSION
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
805 PM EDT THU JUL 12 2012

TROPICAL WEATHER DISCUSSION FOR NORTH AMERICA...CENTRAL
AMERICA...GULF OF MEXICO...CARIBBEAN SEA...NORTHERN SECTIONS OF
SOUTH AMERICA...AND ATLANTIC OCEAN TO THE AFRICAN COAST FROM THE
EQUATOR TO 32N. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS BASED ON SATELLITE
IMAGERY...WEATHER OBSERVATIONS...RADAR...AND METEOROLOGICAL
ANALYSIS.

BASED ON 1800 UTC SURFACE ANALYSIS AND SATELLITE IMAGERY
THROUGH 2315 UTC.

...TROPICAL WAVES...

A TROPICAL WAVE EXTENDS FROM THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS AT 17N24W TO
9N27W. THE WAVE AXIS LIES WITHIN A LARGE SURGE OF DEEP LAYER
MOISTURE ON TOTAL PRECIPITABLE WATER IMAGERY. SCATTERED SHOWERS
ARE OVER THE CAPE VERDE ISLANDS.

A TROPICAL WAVE EXTENDS FROM 17N45W TO 9N45W MOVING W AT 10-15
KT. THE WAVE AXIS LIES WITHIN A SURGE OF DEEP LAYER MOISTURE ON
TOTAL PRECIPITABLE WATER IMAGERY. SCATTERED SHOWERS ARE WITHIN
90 NM OF THE WAVE AXIS. A 1008 MB LOW IS CENTERED NEAR 9N45W
WHERE RAIN AND SHOWERS ARE WITHIN 120 NM OF THE LOW CENTER.

A TROPICAL WAVE EXTENDS FROM CENTRAL FLORIDA AT 29N82W TO NEAR
THE CAYMAN ISLANDS AT THE BAHAMAS AT 20N82W MOVING WNW AT
15 KT. THE WAVE LIES WITHIN A SURGE OF DEEP LAYER MOISTURE ON
TOTAL PRECIPITABLE WATER IMAGERY. WIDELY SCATTERED MODERATE
CONVECTION IS OVER FLORIDA...AND W CUBA.

...THE ITCZ/THE MONSOON TROUGH...

THE MONSOON TROUGH EXTENDS FROM SENEGAL AT 14N17W TO 12N19W. THE
ITCZ AXIS EXTENDS FROM 8N30W TO 6N40W TO 9N45W TO SURINAME AT
6N56W. SCATTERED MODERATE TO ISOLATED STRONG CONVECTION IS ALONG
THE COAST OF WEST AFRICA FROM 10N-16N BETWEEN 14W-19W. SCATTERED
SHOWERS ARE WITHIN 180 NM S OF THE ITCZ AXIS W OF 30W.

...DISCUSSION...

THE GULF OF MEXICO...
SURFACE RIDGING IS OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO WITH AXIS ALONG 30N.
5-10 KT SOUTHERLY WINDS AND MOSTLY FAIR WEATHER ARE OVER THE
GULF. AIRMASS THUNDERSTORMS ARE WELL INLAND OVER THE N GULF
STATES. A TROPICAL WAVE IS OVER FLORIDA AND W CUBA. SEE ABOVE.
FURTHER W...AN OUTFLOW BOUNDARY EXTENDS FROM THE LOUISIANA COAST
AT 30N92W TO THE TEXAS COAST AT 28N96W MOVING E. WIDELY
SCATTERED MODERATE CONVECTION IS WITHIN 60 NM OF THE OUTFLOW
BOUNDARY. AN UPPER LEVEL LOW IS CENTERED OVER THE CENTRAL GULF
NEAR 24N89W. RAIN AND SCATTERED SHOWERS ARE N OF THE YUCATAN
PENINSULA FROM 21N-27N BETWEEN 85W-91W. EXPECT THE TROPICAL WAVE
TO MOVE W OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS WITH CONVECTION. ALSO EXPECT A
SURFACE TROUGH TO BE OVER THE TEXAS COAST OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS
WITH CONVECTION.

THE CARIBBEAN SEA...
SCATTERED MODERATE CONVECTION IS OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF
PUERTO RICO...HISPANIOLA...CUBA...AND JAMAICA. WIDELY SCATTERED
MODERATE CONVECTION IS INLAND OVER MOST OF N VENEZUELA AND N
COLOMBIA. SIMILAR CONVECTION IS OVER CENTRAL AMERICA FROM PANAMA
TO THE YUCATAN PENINSULA. 15-25 KT TRADEWINDS ARE OVER THE
CARIBBEAN SEA WITH STRONGEST WINDS ALONG THE N COAST OF
COLOMBIA. SCATTERED SHOWERS ARE OVER THE LEEWARD ISLANDS...AND
THE WINDWARD ISLANDS. IN THE UPPER LEVELS...AN UPPER LEVEL LOW
IS CENTERED N OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA NEAR ENHANCING CONVECTION
OVER THE YUCATAN PENINSULA. ZONAL FLOW IS OVER THE CENTRAL AND E
CARIBBEAN. EXPECT... CONTINUED PRECIPITATION OVER CUBA...THE S
CARIBBEAN...AND CENTRAL AMERICA S OF NICARAGUA OVER THE NEXT 24
HOURS.

THE ATLANTIC OCEAN...
TWO TROPICAL WAVES ARE OVER THE ATLANTIC. SEE ABOVE.
ELSEWHERE...WIDELY SCATTERED MODERATE CONVECTION OVER THE
BAHAMAS FROM 25N-29N BETWEEN 72W-80W MOSTLY DUE TO UPPER LEVEL
DIFFLUENCE FROM AN UPPER LEVEL LOW CENTERED NEAR 27N74W. A 1032
MB HIGH IS CENTERED W OF THE AZORES AT 36N37W PRODUCING FAIR
WEATHER. A SURFACE RIDGE AXIS EXTENDS SW FROM THE HIGH TO
32N70W. IN THE UPPER LEVELS A SERIES OF SMALL UPPER LEVEL LOWS
ARE CENTERED OVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN ATLANTIC AT
33N42W...26N64W...AND 27N74W. SCATTERED RAIN AND SHOWERS ARE
NOTED OVER THE CENTRAL ATLANTIC FROM 23N-28N BETWEEN 44W-62W.
EXPECT...CONTINUED CONVECTION OVER THE BAHAMAS OVER THE NEXT 24
HOURS. ALSO EXPECT CONTINUED PRECIPITATION WITH THE TROPICAL
WAVES.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT
WWW.HURRICANES.GOV/MARINE

$$
FORMOSA



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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Speaking of TWC front page is hilarious.


thats why i put it there
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
TWC

oh boy
Speaking of TWC front page is hilarious.
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TWC

oh boy
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Quoting aspectre:
569 GeorgiaStormz: Just like if you had a billion dollar corp, you, your board of advisors, and shareholders would probably support anti AGW legislation.

So basicly you are saying that genocide should be legal as long its endorsed by corporations?


umm, no.
but they could support it, which would probably end their corporation
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Quoting TomTaylor:
Hey Joe, it's sprinkling down here in coastal San Diego, believe it or not. Don't think we got anything measurable, but pretty cool nonetheless


Hi Tom

Was down in your neck of the woods today,had to go to the V.A. Hospital on La Jolla Village Drive,off the I 5.Been cloudy all day since I got home. Had a few drops on the ride home. Supposed to pickup tonight and tomorrow. It hasn't rained since April I think!!
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Just made a new blog :)

Emilia Weakening; Fabio Strengthening

I wish I had something to blog about for the Atlantic, lol... Pretty quiet out there.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Fabio should become a hurricane, potentially Category 2. It's intensifying faster than I thought and wind shear has unexpectedly lowered below 10 knots.



thats what gro said
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A TROPICAL WAVE EXTENDS FROM 17N45W TO 9N45W MOVING W AT 10-15
KT. THE WAVE AXIS LIES WITHIN A SURGE OF DEEP LAYER MOISTURE ON
TOTAL PRECIPITABLE WATER IMAGERY. SCATTERED SHOWERS ARE WITHIN
90 NM OF THE WAVE AXIS. A 1008 MB LOW IS CENTERED NEAR 9N45W
WHERE RAIN AND SHOWERS ARE WITHIN 120 NM OF THE LOW CENTER.
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569 GeorgiaStormz: Just like if you had a billion dollar corp, you, your board of advisors, and shareholders would probably support anti AGW legislation.

So basicly you are saying that genocide should be legal as long its endorsed by corporations?
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660. JLPR2
Neat low with this TW, but basically no convection.
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Quoting TomTaylor:
nice animation, gotta link?
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Looks the same on the anomaly map.

P.S. Look at the upwelling from Daniel/Emilia.



It's from Policlimate.com

That specific animation is using the AVHRR for it's SST(A) basis.

Here's a nino region graph (from a non-public source) that shows the same thing.

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1033mb on the high now, lol.
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CI# /Pressure/ Vmax
3.1 /1000.2mb/ 47.0kt


Final T# Adj T# Raw T#
3.1 3.3 3.3

Center Temp : -51.8C Cloud Region Temp : -56.2C

Scene Type : CURVED BAND with 0.67 ARC in LT GRAY

Positioning Method : FORECAST INTERPOLATION

Ocean Basin : EAST PACIFIC
Dvorak CI > MSLP Conversion Used : PACIFIC

Tno/CI Rules : Constraint Limits : NO LIMIT
Weakening Flag : OFF
Rapid Dissipation Flag : OFF
12/1800 UTC 13.8N 107.6W T3.0/3.0 FABIO -- East Pacific
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Tropical Storm Fabio:

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Quoting barbamz:


Relax. The main stuff will hit at July 14th. Enough time for your dad :-)

spaceweather
Big sunspot AR1520 unleashed an X1.4-class solar flare on July 12th at 1653 UT. Because this sunspot is directly facing Earth, everything about the blast was geoeffective. For one thing, it hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) directly toward our planet. According to a forecast track prepared by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the CME will hit Earth on July 14th around 10:20 UT (+/- 7 hours) and could spark strong geomagnetic storms. Sky watchers should be alert for auroras this weekend.
forecast track
Thanks for that info
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Good bye Emilia and hello Fabio: CI# /Pressure/ Vmax
4.6 / 976.8mb/ 79.6kt


Final T# Adj T# Raw T#
4.1 3.9 3.9

Estimated radius of max. wind based on IR :N/A km

Center Temp : -29.6C Cloud Region Temp : -47.7C

Scene Type : EYE

Positioning Method : SPIRAL ANALYSIS

Ocean Basin : EAST PACIFIC
Dvorak CI > MSLP Conversion Used : PACIFIC

Tno/CI Rules : Constraint Limits : NO LIMIT
Weakening Flag : ON
Rapid Dissipation Flag : ON

It figures as I say Emilia is going away that the newest satellite image shows convection around the whole eye again.
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Fabio should become a hurricane, potentially Category 2. It's intensifying faster than I thought and wind shear has unexpectedly lowered below 10 knots.

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Quoting PlazaRed:
About this Smoke
I didnt have much to say positive in that one did I?

Always such a sunny mind, Plaza, lol. But I must admit, times are hard, esp. in Spain right now. I follow the news and appreciate your direct input.
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Quoting TomTaylor:
My dad's in the air right now on a business trip. Hope the flare wasn't too strong.


Relax. The main stuff will hit at July 14th. Enough time for your dad :-)

spaceweather
Big sunspot AR1520 unleashed an X1.4-class solar flare on July 12th at 1653 UT. Because this sunspot is directly facing Earth, everything about the blast was geoeffective. For one thing, it hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) directly toward our planet. According to a forecast track prepared by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the CME will hit Earth on July 14th around 10:20 UT (+/- 7 hours) and could spark strong geomagnetic storms. Sky watchers should be alert for auroras this weekend.
forecast track
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Quoting Stormchaser2007:
That developing El Nino just took one right on the chin.

Should take a few weeks to recover from this one...


Looks the same on the anomaly map.

P.S. Look at the upwelling from Daniel/Emilia.

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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:


And they are CORRUPT!
Hey Joe, it's sprinkling down here in coastal San Diego, believe it or not. Don't think we got anything measurable, but pretty cool nonetheless
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washingtonian115: Once I found out it came from the sewer I said never mind.R-E-A-D next time carefully. It seems whoever is against me that Tigerosee dude is all for it. Gotta love haters. :)

I think you mistook the general 'you' (ie everybody) for the personal 'you' (a specific person).
And Tigerose just read it as a comment about everybody who plays around in urban floodwaters.
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About this Smoke!
The smokes a problem, whats causing it is a much bigger one!
On the ground the vegetable matter that burns will lead to a nasty black ash which will become a much more attractive area for absorbing sunlight and heat than the native harsh grasses and weeds, bog plants and other things which are surviving in the Siberian wastelands.
Underneath all this is permafrost in a lot of areas, this will warm and thaw, leading to decomposition and methane amongst other gases released.
Next year the scrub will grow back vigorously with the added fertilising effects of the burnt ask and the possible newly thawed compost of the now "non" permafrost. Hence raging regrowth, more heat and possibly less reversion to permafrost.
South winds might be a big problem as well due to blowing particle matter onto the Arctic ice, or rather whats left of it!
I didnt have much to say posotive in that one did I?
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Quoting Stormchaser2007:
That developing El Nino just took one right on the chin.

Should take a few weeks to recover from this one...

nice animation, gotta link?
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Quoting CJ5:


You and so many other posters have the whole equation backwards. You just don't like the potential outcomes. If it is Green Peace or the Sierra Club spreading thier influence and money around it is ok, right?

Here is the bottom line: If your representative is passing bills that hurt or kill you it is your problem. If your representative is crooked enough to let money influence common sense, that is your problem. Vote them out!

We cannot have a corrupt system unless the representatives are corrupt. Fact!


And they are CORRUPT!
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

No idea. It looked cool so I posted it.

LOL.


Even though it wasn't a joke that is one of the funniest things anyone has answered me in the 5 years I have been blogging here. xD
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Quoting TampaFLUSA:

Whole foods is expensive.


I splurged on some plain old chicken breasts there about 6 months ago, I can't eat them from Publix anymore. The difference is HIGHLY noticeable. Just have to work the sales. Produce is not all that expensive when you compare to regular Grocery. Best place to get produce however is your local fresh market. Better than both and about half the price, plus you support your local economy.
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Quoting JLPR2:


I'm a 0 at this space, sun, flares stuff, is the red that I see there, good, bad or in between?

No idea. It looked cool so I posted it.

LOL.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Was a CME associated with this flare? If so, we may have some problems.



I'm a 0 at this space, sun, flares stuff, is the red that I see there, good, bad or in between?
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

It can affect the power grid, navigation system, and airline communication (If it was a very strong one, flights will be cancelled due to the fear of radiation) and more.

On a good note, the auroras may be seen as far south as 35 °N Saturday night.
My dad's in the air right now on a business trip. Hope the flare wasn't too strong.
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