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CFS volunteers plea for a fire-free Christmas as extreme heat poses bushfire threat

CFS volunteers plea for a fire-free Christmas as extreme heat poses bushfire threat

EXTREME heat will pose the greatest bushfire danger risk on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as our volunteers plead to be able to enjoy festive season celebrations with their families.

With temperatures soaring to 40C, authorities are asking South Australians to help prevent the likelihood of a fire by adhering to any fire restrictions and remaining vigilant.

Bureau of Meteorology regional director John Nairn said the high temperatures expected on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – which is likely to hit 40C for the first time since 1945 – ahead of a humid change made those days the riskiest for bushfires.

“The fire potential is frontloaded on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve,” he said.

Humidity is expected to increase…

 

Snowfall was recorded in the Sahara Desert for the first time in 37 years — and the satellite imagery is gorgeous

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Snowfall was recorded in the Sahara Desert for the first time in 37 years

It snowed on December 19 in the Sahara Desert, and NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite was there (or rather, hundreds of miles overhead) to see it.

The photo comes from Landsat 7’s Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus visible-light camera, and depicts the first snowfall recorded in the massive African desert in 37 years.

The snow-covered area depicted in the photo lies on the northern end of the desert, near the Moroccan-Algerian border and the town of Ain Safra. Here’s the full image, which you can click to enlarge…

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