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Your Next Weather Apocalypse: The Smokestorm

This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. As wildfire smoke descended on Seattle last week, the sun turned an apocalyptic shade of red and the city breathed in some of the unhealthiest air in the world. A new word to describe this phenomenon graced the headlines: “smokestorm.” The person who coined the term is Cliff Mass, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington and revered Seattle meteorologist. “A Smokestorm is Imminent,” read the title of his blog post last Saturday, in which he projected the…

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Lessons from Montecito: Science’s Credibility Is At Stake

For applied scientists—that intrepid cadre who get their hands dirty in the sometimes dangerous world beyond the ivory tower, participating in difficult decisions with little time and major consequences—getting the right answer is only half the battle. The other half is successfully explaining what they’ve found, and what it means. This winter’s debris flows in the posh community of Montecito, California, which led to more than 20 deaths, provided examples of success and failure on both counts. And those successes and failures have ramifications far beyond managing geophysical risks. WIRED…

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Family discovers their dog survived deadly wildfire, was waiting for them to return

A family was elated to discover that their Bernese Mountain Dog, Izzy, somehow managed to survive the wildfires that have ravaged areas of California.  Jack Weaver and his brother-in-law Patrick Widen hiked miles to Weaver’s mother’s home in Santa Rosa earlier this week. Despite being turned away by police, the men managed to make their way to the property for an important mission.  SEE ALSO: Striking images reveal wineries devastated by wildfires Although most valuables had been destroyed in the wildfire that ripped through the city, the men returned to…

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France: wildfires burn close to tourist towns in Corsica and Cte d’Azur

The blazes have devoured around 4,000 hectares of land in the middle of the holiday season France has asked for Europes help in fighting wildfires that have consumed swaths of forest close to the popular resort of Saint-Tropez and on the island of Corsica. Over 4,000 firefighters and troops backed by 19 water bombers have been mobilised to extinguish the blazes. At least seven firefighters have been injured and 15 police officers affected by smoke inhalation since the fires broke out on Monday, according to the authorities. The blazes have…

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Canada wildfires: almost 40,000 evacuated in British Columbia amid state of emergency

Australian firefighters called in to help as blazes burning across western province are expected to worsen Canada is deploying military aircraft and Australia is sending 50 firefighters to battle rapidly spreading wildfires in British Columbia that have forced 39,000 people from their homes. Federal public safety minister Ralph Goodale said the western Canadian province had made two requests to the federal government for military assistance to fight the fires, which he said were expected to worsen. The military has sent two planes and five helicopters to help with evacuations and…

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