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Thu May 5, 2016, 12:15 PM

Person flew into Fort McMurray for work yesterday, here's his view from the plane.

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Reply Person flew into Fort McMurray for work yesterday, here's his view from the plane. (Original post)
leftcoastmountains May 2016 OP
rjsquirrel May 2016 #1
malthaussen May 2016 #2
Punx May 2016 #3
Plucketeer May 2016 #4
Punx May 2016 #6
Fuddnik May 2016 #5

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Response to leftcoastmountains (Original post)

Thu May 5, 2016, 02:27 PM

2. Naw, that's got to be Beijing. n/t

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Response to leftcoastmountains (Original post)

Thu May 5, 2016, 02:38 PM

3. Pyrocumulus

And damn big ones at that. That's a sign of an intense fire. And not a good one of course.

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Response to Punx (Reply #3)

Thu May 5, 2016, 02:40 PM

4. And we can count on...

 

seeing MORE of this sorta thing as the climate changes.

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Response to Plucketeer (Reply #4)

Thu May 5, 2016, 03:51 PM

6. Indeed!

We had one (pyrocumulus) here in the Northern Coast Range of Oregon (essentially rain forest) in September of 2014, an indicator of extreme fire behavior and pretty much unheard of around here. I know State Foresters here and that fire scared the crap out of them, but they did a great job of fighting it. That fire burned within about 3.5 miles of my wife's family's place.

Then we had another serious fire about 15-20 miles north in August 2015. A Red Flag warning that proceeding January (middle of the wet season here) and big fires in the Olympics which is UNHEARD of.

Hopefully the wet winter will damp things down this summer, but right now we are back to record warmth and dry. I worry that we are going to have a repeat of the Tillamook fires one of these years.

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Response to leftcoastmountains (Original post)

Thu May 5, 2016, 02:41 PM

5. Nothing like the smell of tar sands burning in the morning.

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