'Tornadoes of fire' in N.W.T. linked to climate change


mentalfloss
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'Tornadoes of fire' in N.W.T. linked to climate change

Climate change is responsible for more frequent and larger forest fires, such as the ones now plaguing the Northwest Territories, says an Edmonton professor.


'Expect more fires, larger fires, more intense fires,' says Flannigan.(University of Alberta)
“What we are seeing in the Northwest Territories this year is an indicator of what to expect with climate change,” says Mike Flannigan, a professor of Wildland Fire in the University of Alberta’s renewable resources department. “Expect more fires, larger fires, more intense fires.”
This weekend, the wildfires left a 13-kilometre-long scar along the main highway up to Yellowknife, forced an evacuation of a fishing lodge on Great Slave Lake and had cabin owners fearing for their properties.

According to Flannigan, about 8,000 fires burn about two million hectares of land each year in Canada — an area about half the size of Nova Scotia.

But Flannigan says two million hectares are double the average area lost each year in the 1970s.

“Some attribute that to climate change and I’m one of those.”

Dave Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada, say the southern part of the N.W.T. is experiencing the driest conditions in 50 years and warmer temperatures than usual.


Fire approaches Plummer’s Lodge on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake on Saturday. The lodge survived after firefighters initiated a controlled burn. (Jason Pineau/Twitter)
“It’s just almost as if there’s no weather around,” he says. “We’ve seen, for example, in the last six weeks, precipitation in Yellowknife is only about 20 per cent of what it should be. You’re just not seeing any rain.”
Phillips says apart for a 30 per cent chance of rain Monday night, there’s no rain on the horizon for the next two months.

He agrees the conditions are the kind of thing models predicted would happen 40 years from now.

“Not enough weather in some areas and too much weather in other areas,” he says, pointing to the flooding in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

“The one thing that doesn’t exist anymore is normal weather: something in between. It is a bit of a downer.”

'Tornadoes of fire'
Spencer Decorby has seen it up close.

Last weekend, he and a small group of family and friends took on a fire burning right up to the edge of his father’s cabin about 80 kilometres east of Yellowknife.

“There was at times a wall of flame a couple of storeys high,” he says. “There were literally tornadoes of fire in the treetops and when they were crowning, they’d literally explode in front of us.”

Maureen Tonge has a cabin on Reid Lake, where a fire has been burning for weeks.

"Friends of ours that live across the lake, they have a hill behind them and they were able to climb up the hill and actually see smoke and flames from where they are."

Firefighters from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources provided pumps and hoses, but no people. Stretched to the limit, it says cabin owners can’t count on the department for help.

Instead, it’s recommending cabin owners FireSmart their property, by doing things like clearing brush, keeping water handy and moving fuel tanks away from buildings.

'Tornadoes of fire' in N.W.T. linked to climate change
 
B00Mer
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Not uncommon during a fire... yawn



wwwyoutubecomwatchvUPj6yk2URuQ



Just be thankfull it's not a Sharknado... then I'll go with blaming Climate Change.
Last edited by B00Mer; 1 week ago at 02:10 PM..
 
Locutus
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a fine IPCC fellow...and, and...a meteorologist.
 
B00Mer
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Here is a better video..

wwwyoutubecomwatchvYyKkHesmXx4

 
Locutus
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any sharks?
 
captain morgan
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I hear climate change is responsible for the tornado-style ring of fire that many experience the next day after having many hot wings and draft beer
 
Walter
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Of course they are. It's never happened before.
Fires in Northwest Territories, Canada : Natural Hazards
 
Locutus
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#8  Top Rated Post
the handpicked cbc 'ologist' was still in school...probably missed that walter.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

'Tornadoes of fire' in N.W.T. linked to climate change


'Tornadoes of fire' in N.W.T. linked to climate change

 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

EagleSmack, this one is better...

 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

EagleSmack, this one is better...

I just look at our boy and wonder at times...the attentions garnered for monitoring those 'climate-change' mailing list notices and all get ya trending but still...it's unsettling after awhile.

 
mentalfloss
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What wildfires in the Northwest Territories say about climate change - The Globe and Mail
 
Nuggler
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..........If you have ear phones, plug them in to your computer.

turn the vol. up and put them on the desk/table

check out Faux News.

Anyone else hear ducks ?

KWAK WAK WAK WAK KWAAAAAK WAK KWAK.

thought it was hunting season.


For Brazil’s sex workers, a World Cup brothel boom turns to bust - The Globe and Mail

Damn you climate change !!
 
captain morgan
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I hate it when global warming makes the hookers go away.
 
Nuggler
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Or Santa lay off his elves. terrible.
 
taxslave
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So a teacher a 1000km from the action says it is caused by global warming. Must be so.
 
Locutus
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I think it was in that tyee thing too.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

I think it was in that tyee thing too.

Nothing but facts in there.
 
petros
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Jeepers H Crackers!

The interweb needs moron filters.
 
mentalfloss
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Effects of Climate Change in the Northwest Territories
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Effects of Climate Change in the Northwest Territories

Cool rock truck on their website. It's nice to see my hard work turn into an econmoic blessing for the NWT.
 
darkbeaver
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[QUOTE=B00Mer;1947256]Not uncommon during a fire... yawn



Plasma at work, good things come from plasma
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Cool rock truck on their website. It's nice to see my hard work turn into an econmoic blessing for the NWT.

Omg a car !

Everyone can go back home now.

Global warming is officially over.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Omg a car !

Everyone can go back home now.

Global warming is officially over.

Car? Are you for real?

Does this look like a car to you?



Look at this thing of beauty.

 
mentalfloss
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Cool.
 
EagleSmack
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Run! The Climate is Changing!

 
Locutus
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tornadoes of frikkin' fire man.
 
Blackleaf
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What about tornadoes of sharks? I'm assuming that was "climate change", too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=9cN5PO2oFl4
 
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