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Firefighters, military planes, troops arrive in California to fight massive blazes

Some Of The Warmest Water On Earth Is In The Path Of Laura And Marco – Why That’s Bad

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Global Sea Surface Temperatures. Pink values are the warmest. CDAS/TROPICALTIDBITS WEBSITE

Several weeks ago I wrote an article in Forbes warning that hurricane fuel (warm ocean waters) were going to be high octane this season. As we watch Hurricane Marco and soon-to-be Hurricane Laura approach the Gulf of Mexico, that cautionary writing takes on new meaning. Hurricanes derive their energy from ocean heat content, and some of the warmest sea surface temperatures on Earth right now are in the path of both storms.  As of the 5 pm National Hurricane Center advisory, Hurricane Marco is a category 1 storm headed to Louisiana. It is expected to make landfall Monday and drift westward along the Louisiana coastline. Hurricane and tropical storm warnings have been issued for relevant regions of the Gulf Coast. A few days later, Tropical Storm Laura, which is expected to become a hurricane at some point early in the week, will move into the Gulf of Mexico. I am concerned about the potential strengthening of Laura, and I will explain why later…

 

Firefighters, military planes, troops arrive in California to fight massive blazes

Crews from across the U.S. West, military planes and National Guard troops poured into California on Sunday to join the fight against two dozen major wildfires burning across the state, as officials warned of more dry lightning storms approaching.

The worst of the blazes, including the second and third largest wildfires in recorded California history, were burning in and around the San Francisco Bay Area, where more than 200,000 people have been told to flee their homes.

“Extreme fire behavior with short and long range spotting are continuing to challenge firefighting efforts. Fires continue to make runs in multiple directions and impacting multiple communities,” the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said of the largest conflagration, the LNU Lightning Complex.

The fires, which were ignited by lightning from dry thunderstorms across Northern and Central California over the past week, have killed at least six people and destroyed some 700 homes and other structures. All told nearly one million acres have been blackened, according to Cal Fire…

 

 

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