Monthly archives: August 2016

Aug

31
2016

Major floods and fires

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Louisiana has seen the worst deluge since Hurricane Katrina, and the worst weather-related disaster in the Continental US since Superstorm Sandy.  Of course, storm surge and poorly designed levees were the chief reasons for the tremendous devastation.  This inundation, in which at least 13 people were killed and over 100,000 people had to file for FEMA assistance because of damaged and destroyed homes is beyond extreme.  Up to 24 inches of rain were dumped over just two days, causing the lower Mississipi to overflow its banks.  This was a 1,000-year storm.  The thing is, there are an alarming number of incredibly rare storms that seem to be clustering together.  Super Storm Sandy itself is far from a distant memory.  The same is true of the 100-year flood in Calgary.  While there is no great flooding to speak of in Calgary, the month of July brought the entire average yearly precipitation, and August was also exceptionally stormy until recently.  The town of Westlock, near Edmonton, has not been spared the wrath of nature either, experiencing substantial flooding.  The damages in Westlock have not yet been tallied, but it is likely to be in the billions.  Residents there cannot remember any similar flooding in over 40 years.  Grand Prarie, an Alberta oil town, flooded twice this month.

Meanwhile, some firestorms are just now coming under control, after wreaking havoc on parts of France.  Eleven large wildfires were burning throughout California.  That, however, is just the tip of the iceberg.  There are also out of control fires in Idaho, and a conflagration in Chilliwack, BC, which 35 firefighters cannot contain at all.  That fire is still growing and is 17 hectares (42 acres).  While not so extreme in and of itself, it grew to that size in only one afternoon and is only one of 50 in BC, which is a tinderbox due to the hot, dry weather they have had this summer.  Meanwhile, a fire in Halifax, Nova Scotia is only 15% contained and has already spread to 350 hectares (864 acres).  A fire is raging in Grand Teton National Park and blocking access to One of Yellowstone’s entrances.  The monster fire is 12,500 acres (5,085 hectares).  There are naturally closures in both parks, but they are still open to the public for the time being.  Prevailing weather patterns make it likely that despite the heroic efforts of firefighters to contain it, it will grow even further.  At this time, no people near these parks are at risk. All of this, however, is dwarfed the previously mentioned fire burning in Idaho near the border of Oregon.  That fire is 50,000 acres (20,324 hectares).  It is only about 10% contained.


Aug

31
2016

US Wildfire blocking Yellowstone National Park entrance smolders on | The Indian Express

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Indianexpress.com reports that...

Firefighters chopped down trees and searched for hotspots on steep hillsides Sunday as they battled a wildfire that has blocked an entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

Read more at indianexpress.com


Aug

31
2016

[Update] Wildfire burning near Idaho-Oregon border grows substantially | Idaho Statesman

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Idahostatesman.com reports that...

The Cherry Road Fire, burning about 16 miles west of Homedale grew from 3,500 acres Sunday afternoon to an estimated 50,000 acres Monday morning, according to a Bureau of Land Management press release.

Read more at www.idahostatesman.com


Aug

31
2016

Hot, dry weather fuels wildfire in Chilliwack, B.C. | CTV Vancouver News

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Bc.ctvnews.ca reports that...

Even with 35 firefighters battling the blaze and with air support from two choppers, a wildfire burning in rugged terrain in Chilliwack continues to grow. CTV News. Aug. 20, 2016.

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Aug

31
2016

Heavy rain causes significant floods near Edmonton

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WESTLOCK, ALTA. — Heavy rain has caused significant flooding in areas north and west of Edmonton.


Aug

31
2016

Rain leads to more flooding in Grande Prairie | Edmonton Journal

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Edmontonjournal.com reports that...

Rain Sunday caused a second round of flooding in Grande Prairie this weekend, leaving a number of cars stranded in high water.

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Aug

31
2016

Louisiana Flood of 2016 resulted from ‘1,000-year’ rain in 2 days

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Nola.com reports that...

The Louisiana Flood of 2016 was triggered by a complicated, slow-moving low-pressure weather system that dumped as much as two feet of rain on parts of East Baton Rouge, Livingston and St. Helena parishes in 48 hours. The record two-day rainfall in those areas had a 0.1 percent chance of occurring in any year, the equivalent of a “1,000-year rain”, according to the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center, based at the Slidell office of the National Weather Service.

Read more at www.nola.com


Aug

14
2016

Hundreds evacuated from path of wildfire in southern France

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Https reports that...

Hundreds of people are still unable to return to their homes in Marseille, but authorities have said that wind-whipped fires are no longer threatening the southern French city.

 

 

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Aug

14
2016

Progress made in fire threatening California mountain homes

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Timescolonist.com reports that...

San Bernardino County Firefighter Mike Callaway battles flames from a wildfire in Hesperia, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. Smoke plumes roiling from flaming ridges of the San Bernardino Mountains blew all the way across the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas as California’s latest big wildfire chewed through timber and brush Monday. Hundreds of firefighters, aided by 16 aircraft, battled flames that spread across 7 square miles on the northern side of the rugged mountain range about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP

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Aug

14
2016

Motorists rescued from rising flood waters near Wellsford | Stuff.co.nz

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Stuff.co.nz reports that...

Four people trapped in their car in flood waters near Wellsford in north Auckland have been rescued.

Read more at www.stuff.co.nz