Friday July 27th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. Here is today’s main climate change post related hot topic:
California Carr Fire
Unfortunately with more heat waves associated with carbon pollution come more wildfires, and as we have seen in the last two summers these fires spread into urban areas targeting the state of California. Last year the worst blaze was the Thomas Fire, was an out of season conflagration occurring in December 2017. Today a conflagration known as the Carr Fire is already invading one of California’s larger northern cities, Redding. What makes this situation worse than say just a couple of decades ago is the fact that the meteorological heat dome over California is strong and won’t be moving away from the area the next several days. Wildfires even in arid areas let up some at night due to cooler temperatures and a slight increase in relative humidity, conditions that aid fire fighting efforts. This won’t be the case for the Carr Fire.
There is plenty of information and photos of the Carr Fire on social media. Here is a sampling:
Incredibly, another major urban-wildland interface event developing in
#Redding, CA this evening. Extreme weather conditions, with temperatures as high as 115 today. #CarrFire has now jumped Sacramento River, moving east. #CAwx #CAfire
Incredible capture of a pyrocumulus cloud associated with the
#CarrFire over Redding, CA. (Image credit: Jim Mackensen)
There are 90,000 people that live in Redding. The
#CarrFire is now moving freely through the city, with a 100ft wall of flames.
I can’t even begin to imagine. There are no words.
Unfortunately Redding will be near 112F…not a good reading at all to help fire fighters.
Speaking of wildfires today’s post by Dr., Jeff Masters sheds some more eye opening climate change light on the recent, tragic Greek conflagration:
Here is Mark Berman’s Washington Post article on the Carr Fire:
Quoting the Washington Post article:
A raging wildfire in Northern California grew dramatically on Thursday and Friday, killing at least two people battling the blaze, forcing scores of residents from their homes, destroying more than a dozen buildings and threatening thousands more.
“This fire is extremely dangerous and moving with no regard to what’s in its path,” Cal Fire Chief Brett Gouvea said.
The Carr Fire’s growth has been explosive. On Thursday morning, the blaze was burning across 20,000 acres, fire officials said. By Friday morning, it had more than doubled in size, spreading across an area the size of the District of Columbia.
Authorities said 65 structures had been destroyed, 55 more damaged and nearly 5,000 were threatened. Cal Fire said the blaze began Monday afternoon and was caused by “mechanical failure of vehicle,” although the agency did not elaborate.
In Southern California:
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